Yay for my first Five Minute Friday of the year! In case you don’t know what Five Minute Fridays are, head here to Lisa-Jo Baker’s site to find out. A flash mob of writing goes on every Friday and it’s loads of fun…plus, you get some oh-so-encouraging comments from awesome people.
The prompt for this week is…
“And Jehovah said to Abram…, Now lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward; for all the land that you see I will give you and to your seed forever…Rise up; walk through the land according to its length and breadth, for I will give it to you.” – Genesis 13:14-15,17
In our Christian experience, what we see is what we get. God’s promise to Abraham was that he would be given the land he saw. Surely that promise motivated him to look up and try to see as far as he could. For us as those following in the steps of our father Abraham, it’s no different. Christ as the reality of the good land has been promised to us for us to experience and enjoy, but it depends on how much we see. If we only see that Christ is our redeeming Lamb, that will be the extent of our experience of Him. We might live a Christian life all the time just applying the blood to our failures and mistakes. But if we really see that Christ can be so much more to us – just as the land promised to Abraham was full of the richness of life – we’ll begin to enjoy Him as so much more than the Lamb who died to take away our sins. We need to see that He can be our real food, our real water, our real home. If we see this, it’ll be ours.
So I’m encouraged to lift up my eyes today to look into the Word and see more of this land I’ve been given. And not just to see, but to rise up and walk in it.
**For more on experiencing Christ as the reality of the good land, I recommend the book The All-Inclusive Christ by Witness Lee. Reading it really enlarged and enriched my experience of the Lord in my daily life. A definite must-read!