We are supposed to turn loose of the world and lean on Him, to desire His presence instead of the TV, to long for an hour to sit and worship and pray.
"I pray with great faith for you, because I’m fully convinced that the One who began this glorious work in you will faithfully continue the process of maturing you and will put his finishing touches to it until the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ!" (Php 1:6 TPT)
Speaker Kevin Zadai had a vision of heaven where he saw a fence stretching into the distance and people perched on the fence, looking over onto the other side. He asked the Lord what it meant, and our Savior replied that they were those who had been saved but remained with one foot in the secular world. They never made any effort to mature in their faith.
He then showed him a room with a sapphire floor. It appeared to burn, a brilliant blue hue, and Jesus said not everyone would stand on that floor, only those who had a relationship with God, who had grown in spiritual things.
This cut me sharp. We are quick to talk about the glories of heaven and the joys we will find there, but as minister Bill Johnson said, we have great faith in the Second Coming and none in the gospel.
We are meant to grow and mature, to go deeper in the things of God while we are here, to trust Him more and more than we did when we first said the sinner's prayer. We are supposed to turn loose of the world and lean on Him, to desire His presence instead of the TV, to long for an hour to sit and worship and pray.
The apostle Paul chastened the church at Corinth for being immature. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. For ye are yet carnal:” (1Co 3:1-3)
Our daily lives are full of distractions. Jesus described them as "the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts for other things." (Mk 4:19) Our worries, our entertainments, our fleshly wants keep us from growing up. They choke the Word in us like weeds and then we're no better than those sitting on the fence.
I don't know about you, but I'd hate to be in heavenly places, with its glories around me, but be unable to see them. I'd hate to have splendor and joy right at hand, yet I never turn around and walk into it.
The apostle Paul said, "Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own." (Php 3:12 AMP)
We have to decide to press for it, and that means sitting down and reading the Bible. It means meditating on it and putting its principles in our heart. It means letting go of things we might want to do and choosing God instead. It means showing humility instead of pride, and sometimes being in uncomfortable situations, knowing God put us there.
It means seeking Him FIRST, and He has promised when we do that, we will have all things we need. (Mt 6:33)
Suzanne D. Williams, Author