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As Below, So Above

The Roman paganism of Jesus’ day taught that the actions of gods in the heavens above affected the earth below. If Zeus got angry, thunderbolts shot out. “As above, so below,” went the ancient formula.

Jesus, though, sometimes inverted that. He taught: As below, so above. A believer prays, and heaven responds. A sinner repents, and the angels rejoice. A mission succeeds, and God is glorified. A believer rebels, and the Holy Spirit is grieved.

I believe these things, yet somehow I keep forgetting them. I forget that my prayers matter to God. I forget that the choices I make today bring delight or grief to the Lord of the universe. I forget that I am helping my neighbors to their eternal destinations.

The good-news message of God’s love that Jesus brought to this earth we can now bring to others. That was the challenge He gave His disciples before ascending to His Father (see Matt. 28:18-20). We who follow Jesus serve as an extension of His incarnation and ministry. It is why He came to earth. Before He left, He told His disciples that He would send His Spirit from above to them below (Luke 24:48). He did not leave us alone. He fills us with His power that we might touch lives here below to affect eternity.

You ascended before our eyes, and we turned back grieving, only to find You in our hearts. —Augustine

Insight

In today’s passage, Jesus teaches that all Scripture—the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms—direct us to Him. Paul underscores this point in his second letter to the young pastor Timothy. He reminds Timothy of the purpose of Scripture: “to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15).

8 thoughts on “As Below, So Above

  1. duroag says:

    I personally learn so much in today’s devotion, in particular concerning the choices we make today. May the Holy Spirit enable us to make the right choice today.

  2. kimmie89 says:

    God wants his will to be done on earth as it is in heaven

  3. agentjohn2 says:

    Just shows that, how God does things is often different or opposite from what man imagines.

  4. rotilua says:

    This is so superb. It really talked to me. As below, so above.

  5. jennyog says:

    Father as it is concerning me on earth, let it be done in heaven

  6. ebukah says:

    May the Lord bless his Word….

  7. derrekswat says:

    Colossians 3:12-17

  8. laretha says:

    Luke 24:44-53

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