Part 23 – The Importance Of Living In Our New Habitat
We cannot effectively live the highest life, outside of our natural habitat. The Christian life simply doesn’t work in an isolated situation, nor does it work in a typical go-to-church-on-Sunday situation. But because we don’t understand the nature of our true habitat, we do our very best to make our Sunday gathering do things that it was never meant to do.
You see, the Christian life has to do with the life form within us, and it has to do with the habitat for our new species that God created for us.
In our habitat, we are to worship our King, to share with each other, and follow Jesus as He speaks within each of our spirits. And we are to care for each other, and love one another, not with human love, but with the love of the highest life form, the life form of God Himself.
The atmosphere of our habitat, is to have a touch of earth, and a touch of heaven. It is a place where the spiritual realm and the physical realm overlap, and in that place of overlapping, that is where our species is to live. And it is there, that we are to learn to live by the highest life.
You see, we have already became a partaker of the divine life, but in our habitat, we will learn how to find our spirit, understand its ways, and come to discern the difference between our soul, and our spirit.
Our primary reason for living in our habitat, is not to learn to have power, visions, dreams, prophecies, miracles, signs, and wonders. Instead, we live together in our habitat, to experience something that is really rare, and it’s called “fellowship” … fellowship with other believers, and fellowship with the Lord.
Listen to how the Bible describes fellowship:
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. (Acts 2:42, NIV).
God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful. (1 Corinthians 1:9, NIV).
And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? (1 Corinthians 5:2, NIV).
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. (2 Corinthians 13:14, NIV).
We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3, NIV).
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7, NIV).
Fellowship is not prayer. Fellowship is not socialization. Fellowship is a deep commitment to heart-to-heart, spirit-to-spirit communion. It’s something like Adam had in the garden. It’s something that Jesus did all day long with the Father, as He lived in the presence of the Father, and fellowshipped with His own indwelling Lord.
So first, we must learn how to fellowship with the living Lord Jesus Christ. Gradually, we will learn to live by His implanted life. We will be motivated, not by service, not by obligation, not by morals, not by laws, not by orders, not by commands, not by forms, but instead, simply due to a desire to fellowship with Him.
But we’ll only learn this internal fellowship with Him, as we gather together with others, who are just as weak, just as undisciplined, and just as damaged as we are.
As a believer in Christ, we really only have three things to do: First, learn to live by the very life of God. Second, live that life together with those who also have that same, highest life in them. And third, invite others to experience the life of God and live that life together with us.
And what can we expect to experience, as a result of living by the highest life? We can expect to experience, just about everything that happened to Jesus … the glory, the wonder, the fellowship He knew with the Father who lived in Him.
Jesus isn’t only the first of our new species, He is also the pathfinder, the trailblazer, the pioneer. And whatever He experienced here on this planet, while living by the life of His Father, is what we can experience also. The Lord’s internal experience, while living on this earth, will also be our internal experience, while living on this earth.
One final thought. If we choose to take this journey, to discover, and live, by the highest life within us, just as Jesus did, we must expect to experience everything that Jesus did. And one of the things He experienced, was the cross. Living by the highest life will almost certainly get you crucified!
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 24 – How Can We Life The Christian Life?