How different it is to dwell in the kingdom of God rather than the kingdom of this world, where Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them (Mt 20:25). The Prince of Peace, however, sought to rub shoulders with us, seeks to minister to us, to offer us a way out of the wearying demands of human ego and ceaseless office politics: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Mt 11:30).
How different it is to be in church on the Lord’s Day, than to be in the cross-fire of the slings and arrows of outrageous worldliness from Monday to Saturday. Believers in Christ are not competitors with one another so much as convicted, guilty sinners, united in their acceptance in the Beloved, amazed and glad simply to be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness (Ps 84:10).
How different it is to be ruled by the One who truly cares for us, who proclaims that I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (Mt 28:20); through our personal ups and downs, triumphs and backslidings, fears and intimations of eternal glory. In which worldly organisation(s) is the boss or line-manager someone so accommodating, so willing to manifest such fatherly, shepherdly care, 24-7?
How different from aloof genius is our Father in heaven. It wasn’t enough for God (the Son) to take our place and die for us, thus paying off our mountainous sin-debt; He made it so we would be in-dwelt with the Holy Spirit and gradually transformed, through His infinite condescension to our finite, limited capacities. And so as we meditate upon His inherent greatness (Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come Eph 1:21), we who have been elected ought more often to be dumbfounded and humbled by the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power (v. 19).