"But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander." ~ 1 Peter 3:15-16

Fireworks in Heaven

One starry night when I looked out from the balcony, I saw beautiful fireworks beyond the foresty horizon. The fiery sparks were dancing in rhythm and their glory shining in the distant night sky. It was a pretty sight and captivating moment even though I was too far away to hear and feel the rippling explosions. It was so awesome that words could not describe fully the sight I saw.

As I broke free from the gaze, I observed that it was business as usual on the ground floor. People were strolling along the pathway, joggers hustled passed them and dogs barked occasionally. And of course, there was the bustling expressway with locomotives zooming passed relentlessly just beside the forests. All of them failed to notice the marvelous choreography pieced together by the fireworks, like a young girl performing on stage for the first time. The people did not realise the brilliant show on air, and the effort put in by the young girl to please them.

And so I thought, this is the perfect picture of the spiritual realm. In the Scripture, it was revealed that God raised the believers up with Christ and seated them with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6). This has already happened in the heavenly or spiritual realm, even while the believers are still on earth. Elsewhere, the Scripture expounds on this truth and shows the way the believers should live their lives (Col 3:1-7, Eph 1:3-14).

Something is happening up there in the invisible realm, just like the fireworks. Yet how many people down here have realized the workings in the unseen? Most of us live as if nothing has ever happened in the spiritual realm, and we struggle a lot in our lives regarding various relationship challenges and life decisions. Sometimes it is an issue of self-control and other times the lack of wisdom. The point is being ignorant of the powers available to us as believers seated with Christ in the heavenly realm, we suffer and waste our lives unnecessarily on this side of heaven.

Are we able to see the victory that Christ had won and secured for us? Do not fall into the devil’s deceptions, which veil us from the truth. The good news is that the Holy Spirit is here to help and reveal things of God to us (Eph 1:17). Isaac Newton once said, “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” I would humbly suggest that we should stand on the shoulders of Christ, in order to see spiritual things better. We need to stop walking our own way and start looking up towards Him, and He will show us marvelous things.

Are we able to see the spiritual fireworks? Are we standing on high ground? Christ is the High Ground that allows us to see further and better, and much more. He is also the Holy Ground that sanctifies us and empowers us. And we are called to live in the most Holy and most High, what am amazing privilege given to us by grace!