What you see is NOT what you get

Posted: 12 November, 2008 in Uncategorized

I was listening to one sermon in a series on the Revelation by Doug Van Meter this morning and this quote really caught my attention. I’ve been reminded again recently that what you see is definitely not what you get. There are unseen dimensions to reality, and in many ways, they are more real than the ones we can see. We cant see the wind, but we know its there and what it can do, we cant see gravity, but we know its there and what it does. Why then is it so difficult for us to believe in the Kingdom of Christ when its effects are so visible?! We live as if it doesn’t exist – try that with gravity and see where it gets you!! In the words of RC Sproul:

The kingdom of God is real. At this very moment Jesus sits in the seat of cosmic authority. He is now the supreme ruler of the world. He stands over the governments of this world. He is King. The Premier of the Soviet Union must answer to Him. The Dalai Lama of Tibet must answer to Him. The Prince of Morocco must answer to Him. The President of the United States must answer to Him. But there is one big problem. His kingdom is invisible. Not everyone knows about it. All over the world people are living as if Jesus were not King.

Some people believe that there is no God. Others say that there are many gods. Some folks believe that man is supreme. Others believe that man is worthless. Many people believe there is a God, but they live as if there were no God. Still others ask, “What difference does it make?”

Where Christ is invisible, people perish. Where His reign is unknown or ignored, people are exploited. They are demeaned. They are enslaved. They are butchered. They are aborted. They are raped. They are casualties of war. They are robbed. They are slandered. They are oppressed. They are cheated in marriage. They are cheated in their wages.  They are left to go hungry, naked, and unsheltered. They are consigned to loneliness. They are ridiculed. They are frightened–that and a whole lot more, is what difference it makes.

What, then is the job of those who know the Bible? RC Sproul answers:

In all of life’s situations we are to be His witnesses. Our job is to make the invisible reign of Jesus visible. The world is shrouded in darkness. Nothing is visible in the dark. No wonder then that we are called to be the light of the world. Every single one of us has a mission. We have all been sent to bear witness to Christ.

  1. Gill says:

    Great post 🙂 It gave me a lot to think about. It would seem that most of the time we’re just living to make our own kingdoms known instead of Christ’s. It’s good to be reminded of what we’re really supposed to be doing.

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