We don’t pay much attention to the obituaries unless we know the deceased. Reading of a sexual assault or a robbery may elicit a tsk tsk from us, but it’s only a news item after all. We’re on the sidelines. That’s how it is with spiritual truth. Beneath the shadows of the obvious, we might have to dig deeper to find hidden truth. Truth that is obvious to one may be hidden to another; like the news item at the tail end of a series of events. Spiritual truth sometimes evades us. Let’s forget the news for now, and do a bit of searching.
When it comes to spiritual things, the unbeliever has two choices: To believe or not believe; to accept or to reject.
On the other hand, the believer in Christ has three choices:
(1) To ascend (2) To remain stationary (3) To descend
To ascend is to go to a higher level, or deeper into the Lord. Ascending may mean going further into, digging, or reaching out to a goal. To descend therefore is to experience a decline in one’s spiritual life, and to live in such a way as to hinder progress; to backslide.
The alternative to moving on and up, or to turning away and forsaking or growing cold in your spiritual walk, is to settle down – to remain static. You aren’t pressing in to a deeper walk, nor are you backing down on your commitment to the Lord. We call this the comfort zone. You are satisfied with who you are and with where you are in your spiritual experience. Or, if you are not completely satisfied, you are at least content. This position is dangerous because it can be the beginning of a steady but subtle downward trend. Probably a large percentage of the Church is in this position.
As born again believers within a body, the Body of Christ, we have a tremendous influence and impact on one another. We can drag one another down, or we can be a lifter of others. Again, we can also hang out together in the comfort zone. We call it a spiritual comfort zone, but there is nothing spiritual about this zone. It would be better named, a carnal comfort zone.
We do not need any help in learning how to descend or to stay where we are. Most of us have enough practice. The Bible is full of warnings and ways to avoid pitfalls. It also is a handbook for spiritual growth. Volumes have been written and taught on the subject of spiritual growth. One of the major areas that is sometimes missed is the area of spiritual appetite, our hunger for the Lord Himself.
How does this hunger develop? Within each of us is a hidden place, that part of our beings where only the Lord has access – our spirits. Other people may influence us through our emotions, our thoughts and feelings, our minds and intelligence. We are also very much tuned into our physical conditions, how we feel, the way circumstances affect us. We are sensitive to pain. Our physical and emotional needs occupy so major a part of us that many times our spirits are sadly neglected, even after we are born again.
Our spirits are the hidden part of these temples that we are:
I Corinthians 3:16 NKJV – “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
The Holy Spirit came to dwell within at the moment of our New Birth. (How appropriate. He cannot be seen, neither can our spirits be seen.)
Matthew 5:14 states that a city on a hill cannot be hid, and according to Mark 4:22, the hidden, whether good or bad, shall come to light. It is evident that most criminals do not believe that the Bible is the Word of God. Otherwise, they would not take the chance of commiting crimes.
But there is also hidden wisdom, called a mystery in Corinthians; and Proverbs exhorts us to search for wisdom as for hidden treasures. These are the spiritual gems. Revelation 2:17 refers to hidden manna, which might be likened to the gospel being veiled or hidden to the perishing.
But what of us as believers? We are hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Think of it. Hidden within the bosom of God with our elder brother, Jesus
Would you search with me for the hidden spiritual treasures that are to be found in Christ?
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