This post belongs to a series, you can start from the first post on the series. In the first post I explained that to become civilized we must leave the rudimentary. You can’t hold on to the rudimentary and grow into a civilization. Christians are so afraid of going to hell, that they hold so tightly to the rudimentary. As a result they have not been able to move on and grow. In the explanation I gave in the previous post, if man is still too afraid of nature and the wild, and have not learned to tame both their fear and nature, then they would still be consumed with trying to survive.
They would never have moved on to things that have nothing to do with survival—things like art. Remember, it was art and craft that led to the development of technology, and technology then increased man chances of survival. If we had hold on to that fear, man would still be in the forest, running up and down trying to survive. As Christians we need to move pass the fear of hell and the struggle to make heaven. We need to come into a place of rest, for it is in rest that growth happens in Christ.
“Now we who have believed enter that rest,” (Heb 4:3).
Christianity is not about trying to escape hell and struggling to make heaven. Enough with all that works. To experience true the Christian life we must come into rest. Yes, the true Christian life starts with rest, it starts with, “It is Finished!” The struggle is finished, the work and labour, the anxiety, everything is finished. We are not struggling to escape hell for we have already escape hell, and we are not struggling to make heaven because we have already been translated into heaven. Now, all we have is rest.
Man could not advance until he understands nature. So also, we simply cannot advance until we understand the reality in Christ. We need to understand that we have rest, and this rest means that we don’t need to struggle to escape hell and make heaven. As long as we abide in that rest we will not just make heaven but we would enjoy heaven on earth. The only struggle we are to have is the struggle to rest.
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Heb 4:11).
If you truly believe in Christ (the reality in Christ as gotten through revelation) then the only struggle you will be occupied with is the struggle to rest. It is when we come into this rest and abide in this rest that we truly begin to grow. Yes, growth only occurs inside the rest. In the rest we focus on our spiritual growth. We’ve left the struggle to escape hell and make heaven, and now our only focus is our spiritual growth. We began to think about growing, what is required for growth, what things in this land would help facilitate growth? These inquiries leads to careful observation and study of the land.
Just as man began to study how things work in nature, we begin to study how things work in Christ. How do one actually grow in the nature of God, in righteousness, holiness, wisdom, grace, power, gifts and all the dimensions of God.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” (Matt 7:7).
When we enter into these inquiries we begin to discover amazing things. And as we put them into practice we learn even more and growing all the way. As we grow we begin to move from our early crude stage, and become advanced and complex. Yes, we would grow into a civilization with every characteristic of an heavenly people. You see, because we stop struggling to make heaven and we begin to believe we are already translated into the kingdom of heaven, we begin to grow into that reality. As we grow we begin to form an heavenly civilization. We become a colony of heaven on earth, as heaven begins to invade earth through us. For this has always been God’s plan; “Thy Kingdom [of heaven] come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matt 6:10).