Ascend

The house we stay in on vacation each year has this wonderful staircase that leads to the top of the house. From there you can see the ocean and the beach for a few miles all the way around. It’s awesome. It’s a great place to take pictures, to watch the sunset, to see the rain and storms coming from a distance. You start to appreciate where you are and what’s around you when you come down. You almost interact with it differently. There’s just something about seeing things from above.

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10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things. —Ephesians 4

Jesus was able to interact with the world around Him so well because he’d seen the world from above. Having filled this world with every good and precious thing, He then came to dwell within it, taking it in, breathing it in, interacting with it in a new way. There’s a very important correlation here. If we who are below will ascend through Jesus, we may see the world in a way that changes our perspective forever (we do this through worship and prayer). God knows the world from above and below, from inside and outside, from behind and in front. God has filled all things, therefore, as He dwells within us we are a part of that fullness. In Christ, we are made “fillers,” too.

In Christ, through Christ, with Christ ascend and see the world in a new way. Then, descend (as He did) and be a filler.

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