By divine design, there is a price to our being chosen by the Lord.Therefore, the Lord placed the beauty within, which can be seen only by spiritual perception, and given only to those who truly desire Him (those who pressed upon Jesus to hear the Word).
Outwardly, the tabernacle in the wilderness was covered with ugly badger skins, but within, it had a beautiful royal blue covering and the Lord’s Shekinah presence.It contained a wondrous glory which cannot be described, only experienced.
“But from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heaven is taken by violence, and the violent seize on it.”Matthew 11:12 Darby
By divine arrangement, it takes a determined effort to press through to behold the beauty of the Lord.Few will push past the hindrances to gain this prize.Paul said:
“I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 3:14
This prize is not heaven, which is included in our redemption.Rather, the prize is being seated with Jesus in His throne, experiencing an active, cooperative relationship with Him (as a son), while we maintain our times of fellowship and communion with Him (as His bride).
“His lord said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things: enter you into the joy of your lord.”Matthew 25:23
May each of us continue to press toward this prize, and rise above all that seeks to hinder our spiritual progress, or turn us away from becoming an overcomer (one who is seated with Jesus in His throne as His Bride).
“To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.”Revelation 3:21
At this present time, we have the opportunity to make the right choices, which will determine which “ship” we will be found in.
May we be among those who will be “launched out into the deep” in that day.
“And he that overcomes, and keeps My works to the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron….”Revelation 2:26-27