Real, Not Virtual
The reality, however, is found in Christ. (Colossians 2:17)
"Virtual reality" has become increasingly common in our modern world. Through powerful computer technology, "virtual" (what we used to call "pretend"!) worlds can be created, allowing a whole range of created realities – whether for the airline pilot handling emergencies in a flight simulator, or for the games enthusiast, combating some imaginary foe on a home computer. It is all to do with the illusion of participation in a created world. What you see and do looks and feels real; but in reality it is only a computer simulation; there is nothing real about it at all.
This, however, is not how the Christian life is meant to be! There is nothing "virtual" about it, either in terms of our experience of Jesus, or of the impact God intends us to have in the world. God doesn’t want us to live in some religious, make-believe world, cut off from reality, playing with a faith that doesn’t engage with life; He wants us to live, and grow, in reality. And His Holy Spirit is His provision for ensuring that this happens. It is He Who keeps our relationship with Jesus both real and fresh each day so that we can know Him with intimacy and then go and serve Him with power – out there in the real world. This means we need to be open to the Spirit day by day, taking care not to shut Him out.
The trouble is, we so often get distracted by all our "religious clutter," just like the Colossian church did. They had become so caught up with religious rituals and traditions that they had lost touch with reality; and so Paul called them to focus on Jesus again, the one true reality.
It is as we focus on Jesus today that He will send His Holy Spirit to us, just as He promised. And as the Spirit comes and fills us, He will bring His anointing – anointing for life in the real world.
As his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 John 2:27)
Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont
Please register for a free account to view this content
We hope you have enjoyed the 10 discipleship resources you have read in the last 30 days.
You have exceeded your 10 piece content limit.
Create a free account today to keep fueling your spiritual journey!
Already a member? Login to iDisciple