One of my favourite songs is called “I sing the body electric” (remember “Fame”?) The song has these crazy lyrics about joining the stars in the heavens and shining with the brightness of ten thousand suns. The reason I like it so much is that it expresses the desire of our hearts for the sublime. It cries out, “I was made for something more than this brief troubled life.”
But get this. When you became a christian that desire is wonderfully fulfilled. You became an immortal heavenly creature. You were born supernaturally by God’s Spirit. You became children of heaven, children of God, heirs of the world, a new creation, God’s temple on earth. Stop for a moment. Let it sink in. It’s sublime isn’t it? And this is what we will be thinking about in Galatians 4 this coming Sunday. Paul puts it like this: “The Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother...” It would be great to read through Galatians 4:21-30 before the service. Slowly. And pray about it.
But here’s the catch. At the moment it doesn’t really look like it’s true. We don’t yet shine like stars (although we will one day); instead we get sick, we get tired, we spend lots of time doing boring things that no-one notices and no-one will remember. So the challenge on Sunday will be to let God’s word tell us who we are, not our everyday experience.
I can’t wait.