“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
I have often described Corpath Forums as the place where Christian Leaders make the journey from the horizontal to the vertical. What do I mean by that? Simply that living in the horizontal is to pay attention to our task lists, business demands, vacations, career development and, as the Bible puts it, the “concerns of this world”. These are all good things and need our attention. The problem is when they claim our exclusive attention to the point where there is no time reserved for the vertical dimension. The vertical dimension is the awareness of God, and intentional spiritual focus upon the eternal implications of our current temporal actions – in short, kingdom thinking.
Our devotional today is a prayer from John Baillie’s, Diary of Private Prayer which reminds us of the importance of paying attention to the vertical kingdom dimension of all that we do:
“Let me not go forth to my work today believing only in the world of sense and time but give me grace to understand that the world I cannot see or touch is the most real world of all.
My life today will be lived in time, but eternal issues will be concerned in it.
The needs of my body will claim my attention, but it is for the needs of my soul that I must care most.
My business will be with things material, but behind them let me be aware of things spiritual.
Let me keep steadily in mind the things that matter are not money or possessions,
not houses or lands,
not bodily comfort or bodily pleasure;
but truth, honour, meekness, helpfulness and a pure love of God.
For the power you have given me to lay hold of things unseen:
For the strong sense I have that this is not my home:
For my restless heart which nothing finite can satisfy:
I give you thanks, O God.”
- How will you make the regular journey from the horizontal realm of a ringing phone, task list, and busyness to the vertical realm of God’s Kingdom priorities?
- Try this Icebreaker with your Forum – 2 minutes each – go around the circle and share “What eternal Kingdom priority do you think God’s Holy Spirit been nudging you within the past 2 months?”
John Wiseman – Corpath Business Forums – www.corpath.ca
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