The title of this sermon is Already But Not Yet. The idea is that we are in this space in between being perfect in Jesus already and one day being perfect in heaven. It’s in the in-between time that we’re being perfected. It’s as confusing as a Penrose triangle, an impossible shape, an optical illusion, but you can’t take your eyes off it. When you look at it, you think, what is this thing? How is that possible?
It's common to feel the same way about this mystery we live in. How is it possible that I’m becoming something I already am but won’t completely be until I’m in heaven? Yet, this is the mystery we find ourselves in this life. The already, but not yet.
If you’ve trusted Jesus alone to save your soul, you’re a child of God. You’re positionally perfect because of His sacrifice. His blood has washed away your sins. That is the already. But then we also see the what will be in appearing with Him in glory.
So, we are stuck here in this place, in the tension of the already, but not yet.
It’s human nature that pleads for our desires to be fed. However, they will never be satisfied. These human desires are affections of the heart that need to be deprived of their power and drained of their strength. These desires are where addiction grows.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes time to learn how to catch ourselves when these things come to mind. But the more we focus our minds, thoughts, hearts, and affections on the things of the kingdom of heaven, the more we will be able to recognize our vices and be grieved by them.
But they don’t belong. They don’t suit us anymore because they don’t show who we are or whose we are.
The more our attentions and affections are set on the kingdom of heaven, the more the vices of our human nature will be replaced by the virtues of Jesus.
So, what does it matter what we do in the in-between? What we do in our lives here ripples through eternity. What we do in this life matters to the world. Our lives and what we do with every moment of it bears consequence.
And if there are truly only 6 degrees of separation between ourselves and others in this life, what effect might your life have? What could it accomplish? What is it accomplishing?
As you wait in this mystery of already but not yet, what is your intention, what are your affections set at, and what is your heart passionate about?
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