A glass sits on a table. It is filled halfway up with water. What do you see? A glass half empty or a glass half full?
I’ve always been a glass half full kind of person. It makes for a happy life 🙂
I ask this question today because of a statement and an overall thought process I have heard expressed so much in the church today. It can be summed up in the statement, “not yet arrived”, although it can be expressed in many different ways. While I believe it to be a true statement in that there is a glorious splendor we still await and long for, some have turned it into a mantra that takes on the same sense as seeing the glass half empty.
“Yes, you’ve been born again. Yes, you’ve learned some glorious truths. Yes, you’ve gone from glory to glory and grown and transformed so much, but you haven’t arrived yet. You still have so far to go.” I don’t know about you but this glass half empty statement does nothing to inspire me.
Today, I want to take a look at the word of God and see where we have arrived. I want to see the glass half full.
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named… (Ephsians 3:14-15, KJV)
I have arrived into the family of God. I am His kid. He is my Father.
[The Father] has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love… (Colossians 1:13, Amplified)
I have arrived into the Kingdom of God, into the Kingdom of the Son of His love.
But we are citizens of the state (commonwealth, homeland) which is in heaven, and from it also we earnestly and patiently await [the coming of] the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)… (Philippians 3:20, Amplified)
I have arrived into my citizenship in heaven even while I live this life on earth.
And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus… (Ephesians 2:6, Amplified)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6, KJV)
I have arrived in heavenly places to be seated with Him.
For in Him we live and move and have our being… (Acts 17:28, Amplified)
I have arrived in Him.
In Him I have been made the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). In Him I am a new creature, a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Through Him I can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
Because of where I have arrived, I have the hope of arriving at that future glorious splendor.
Look again. The glass is full and about to overflow.