Life on a Higher Plane

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Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount, Matthew Chapter 6, said, among other things, these words…

“But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.” (verse 6)

And also…

“But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face so that you fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. (verses 17-18)

Don’t seek to impress others
You see, our attitude is to be heavenward primarily. God first. Constantly. We live by Him and for Him in His presence. Seeking to impress other people, even your pastor, is not a good idea. Seeking to impress God is. It is His opinion that counts. Always.

A life that continually relates to God
This life I am seeking to describe is a life of faith that says, God is watching me, He is interested in me and what I am doing. Because what I am doing counts. It is a life of faith that says, Every good thing I have and experience and even do can be traced back to God as the source of all good. It is a life of faith that refuses to worry and determines to trust Him in the small events of the day as well as the larger concerns.

Everything contributes
I have thought about this in this way: Everything we do, think or say contributes in one way or another, either to God’s kingdom or to the God’s enemy’s cause. There is no neutrality. We are part of the plan. We contribute, even though ultimately God is the one source of all good.

We’re God’s ambassadors
So life on a higher plane means I see myself as an ambassador for God (2 Corinthians 5:20), and act accordingly:

Both to people who do not yet believe, and when I speak to them my words should be “seasoned with grace” (Colossians 4:6).

And to fellow believers–because every joint in the Body of Christ supplies God’s grace in mutual ministry (Ephesians 4:16)

Again, we are to set our minds on things above (Colossians 3:1-2). God-consciousness. Heavenly thinking.

The Key
The key, then, is in our thought-life, in what the psychologists call self-talk. Or, even better prayer.  “As a man thinks in his heart so is he,” is a biblical principle (Proverbs 23:7A). That’s the basis of the only psychological therapy I whole-heartedly endorse: cognitive therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. What we think about is central to victorious Christian living.

“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise dwell on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

It’s about sharing
Life on a higher plane is sharing of our life, daily, moment by moment with God, praying without ceasing, and in fact a life that daily enters the holy of holies (Hebrews 4:16; 6:19).