In past blog posts, I have shared about “Throne Life,” life in the heavenly places in Christ. A.W. Tozer understood throne ways of being, thinking and living, expressing the paradox of this Throne Life in his book That Incredible Christian:
“The Christian believes that in Christ he has died,
yet he is more alive than before and he fully expects to live forever.
He walks on earth while seated in heaven
and though born on earth he finds that after his conversion he is not at home here.
Like the nighthawk, which in the air is the essence of grace and beauty
but on the ground is awkward and ugly,
so the Christian appears at his best in the heavenly places
but does not fit well into the ways of the very society into which he was born.
The Christian soon learns that if he would be victorious as a son of heaven among men on earth
he must not follow the common pattern of mankind, but rather the contrary.
That he may be safe he puts himself in jeopardy;
he loses his life to save it
and is in danger of losing it if he attempts to preserve it.
He goes down to get up.
If he refuses to go down he is already down,
but when he starts down he is on his way up.
He is strongest when he is weakest and weakest when he is strong.
Though poor he has the power to make others rich,
but when he becomes rich his ability to enrich others vanishes.
He has most after he has given most away
and has least when he possesses most.
He may be and often is highest when he feels lowest
and most sinless when he is most conscious of sin.
He is wisest when he knows that he knows not
and knows least when he has acquired the greatest amount of knowledge.
He sometimes does most by doing nothing and goes furthest when standing still.”
Tozer would challenge each of us to be that incredible Christian, to rise into the heavenlies above the world’s ways of being, thinking, and living. Live Throne Life to the highest and fullest!
Excerpted from Come Up Higher! Rediscovering Throne Life–The Highest Christian Life for the 21st Century by Paul L. King. Available for purchase at http://www.paulkingministries.com