Blog by Jeff Andrechyn, introduction by Gary Barkalow.
It is really hard for us to believe that there is a significant weightiness to our life. It’s hard because of all that has come against our glory; criticism, doubt, disregard, failure and ridicule. But it’s also hard to see the effect of our life because it is often invisible to the ‘natural’ eye and not immediate – many times it’s behind us.
Those of us who have the life of Christ within us possess an aspect of the glory of God, a particular weightiness to our life. We have been created to offer something beautiful and powerful to the world which we often discount if not disbelieve. Scripture says, “God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so men are without excuse.” (Rom 1:20) You and I are God’s creation; image bearers with whom the world gets a glimpse of His eternal power and divine nature.
Here is an amazing illustration of this. An aircraft will leave a wake behind it while flying, the heavier the airplane the larger the wake. Ninety-nine percent of the time you cannot see the wake but every once in a while, if the atmospheric conditions are perfect, and the air is saturated with just the right amount of moisture, you can actually see the wake behind an aircraft. It’s spectacular when the unseen becomes seen. This picture is a one in a million shot.
So it is with the wake of our lives, much of the weightiness or glory of our lives remains unseen and so the question for so many of us remains, Why? There can be many reasons as Gary mentioned above, but I want to pursue just one point – mystery.
Why are our lives shrouded in so much mystery?
It has a lot to do with the life of God living in you. Let’s look at this life and why it’s so mysterious. Jesus was born at night, in an insignificant town to the most unlikely of mothers. When things heated up they escape to Egypt. For thirty years we don’t hear much about Jesus. When He started His ministry He looked normal and choses normal common men to run with. He met with His Father in secret, met with Nicodemus at night, and when He healed people He is often said them, “Don’t tell anyone.” Even to the disciples He remained a mystery, but why?
The reason why His was real mission remained undercover is revealed to us in 1 Corinthians 2:7-8:
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.”
The fascinating thing here is that the enemy did not know what the ultimate mission of Jesus was, for had he known, he would never have crucified the Lord. Once Jesus was crucified he became a Life-Giving Spirit that had overcome death and He was then able to pour His life in us. Jesus remained a mystery to the end and that life is now in you or rather has found fulfillment in you.
There is a good reason why there is mystery surrounding your life and who you really are.
Jesus was always telling people of the context of our life. We live in a world that is at war. He spoke often of the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy. We cannot live our lives with the idea that it is just us and God, for if we live that way we will draw some very bad conclusions about ourselves or even worse about God when we see the destruction of war around us.
So there are two things God is doing in your life. He is developing you and hiding you. Your life is hidden in God for a good reason. We often make the mistake of putting Satan on equal terms with God in that we think Satan always knows what is going on and is thwarting us now and for what will we become. But Satan does not know everything and even though he does not underestimate you, He does not know exactly how your glory will be played out or who you will become. All my (Jeff’s) life I thought I was just an airline pilot then one day God surprised us all…
While it is good for us to be developed by God and to understand our glory the best we can to effectively offer it to the world we will never fully understand everything about our lives. I think if we knew everything we would run ahead of God before being fully developed to handle our mission and we would expose our flank to the enemy. God would not do that to us because the enemy will cut us down, so we remain a mystery even to ourselves for years.
So our life is hidden in God, but there is coming a time when the atmospheric conditions will be perfect and what was unseen in your life will become seen at just the right time. When this hidden life is finally seen it will be too late for the enemy because someone will have already been rescued by the effect of your life. Everyone will be surprised that day, even you. The only person who will not be surprised will be a proud Father in heaven saying, “That’s my child!”