"We shall be changed." (1 Cor 15.51)
I know it refers to a moment when mortality is overcome by immortality.
And yet, and yet, there is a beginning,
a working in the immensity of the realm of God's grace
where this process begins its work, here on earth.
The drawing of the Spirit of God works a release from earthly bonds,
a release from things which surround our lives,
and a release from the bondages of our minds -
the fears, and the limited ideas, that hold us fast.
"We shall be changed" to "behold the land that is very far off." (Is 33.17)
"That stretcheth afar" says Rotherham ... a land of far horizons.
We cannot see very far if we are looking downward -
and the nature of this earth is to look downward.
It takes a conscious effort to lift the eyes off the things which lie close to us
and to focus on the far horizons.
The child of God was never meant to be earth bound,
never meant to be tied down,
he is meant to rise, to be an inhabitant of the heavenly realm,
meant to be able to live where freedom extends without limit,
and transformation is the portion of his day.
"We shall" ... we shall - no doubt about it.
The Spirit will prevail and the earthly fall before it.
"Awake" says the apostle,
"Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead,
and Christ shall give thee light." (Eph. 5.14)
"We shall be changed."