Do you live in reality? Do you like to keep it real? Is reality only the world of the five senses?
Or, is there an unseen reality that matters enough to affect the way we live in this world?
Check in with the Master Teacher
Jesus relentlessly insisted on a connection between earth and heaven; between time and eternity; creation and God; finite and infinite; seen and unseen.
Jesus repeatedly moved from what was seen, known and familiar to teach lessons about what is unseen, spiritual and eternal.
But this was no pie-in-the-sky-by-and-by! He had no interest in high-sounding religious platitudes about an imaginary ethereal world of wonder. But reality, according to Jesus, was more than the physical world.
To live in reality, one must make connections between this life and the unseen world; between time and eternity.
Jesus used many common things o teach spiritual and eternal truths (salt, light, wind, bread, vine and branches, flowers, trees, seed, birth, gates, coins, treasure, pearls, nets, cups, dishes, tombs, fox, birds, sheep, goats, pigs, dogs, serpents, fish, gnats and camels, a hen and her chicks, etc…).
Ignoring or rejecting this connection is a sure way to avoid reality.
When you do life with earth disconnected from heaven, you live in a truncated, illusionary state of self-deception that will be exposed for what it is when you die. Not if you die, but when you die. This is reality.
So the teaching of Jesus insists on deep connections between the horizontal and the vertical.
Let’s make the connections (see: II Corinthians 4:16-18).