Spiritual Reality

Seeing With New Eyes

Nothing is mundane in God's Reality

1 Corinthians 10:31 "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

While recently listening to a podcast, the subject of the “spiritual” side of reality came up. We are surrounded by the physical realm of reality at all times, which we perceive with our five senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, and tasting). There has always been a spiritual side of reality, but how many of us gave it much thought before becoming Christians? How much of the physical side of reality occupies our minds?

1 Corinthians 2:14 "The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

Now that we are a Christian, what is God calling us to do? How do we define and strengthen our spiritual reality with God? Those who are in God’s truth live by faith. They live according to their faith in God and his word. Truth is the center of their lives, and by it they direct and choose the course of their lives. Are we living by faith or sight (2 Cor. 5:7), spiritual or physical reality? This helps us recognize whether we are being led by God's Spirit or the flesh. It reveals whether we can separate temporal reality from spiritual reality. Who has the best seat and the loudest voice in your decision making?

1 Corinthians 2:12–13 “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”

Luke 4:4 “But he answered, 'It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

God is concerned not only with what we do, but also why we do it. This makes fearing God vitally important. Doing everything in relation to Him and His purpose converts ordinary, mundane acts into ones of spiritual significance. In his book “the practice of the presence of God” brother Lawrence said, “it is not necessary to have great things to do. I turn my little omelet in the pan for the love of God.” If we have a deep and abiding respect for God and His Word—arising from an awareness that He is personally part of every aspect of our lives and has great, awe-inspiring plans for us—we have a powerful motivation to make choices based on faith in Him.

Colossians 3:17 "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,"

Five Elements Of a Worldview Defined

There are 5 basic factors that make up a “World View”, ultimate authority (God is the only creator and sustainer in control in the universe Col. 1:15-17), purpose (God created mankind for his glory and relationship with himself Isa. 43:7, Jn. 17:3, 1 Jn. 1:3), reality (Is defined by the one who created it. Psa. 33:8-9 “Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”), humanity (We are created by God and as his image bearers, male and female. Gen. 1-2), and ethics (God created a world with absolute objective truth, which is the standard that governs human choice Isa. 45:19). We have touched on many, if not all of them, a little bit in this series.