Recently a friend shared something with me that I thought would be a great way to start the year. She shared that while doing some heavy weight training a few years ago she thought about time from God’s perspective. She concluded that if she was going to be able to lift a heavier weight, then from the Lord’s perspective, outside of our linear time (think of Jesus as the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world) she had already accomplished it! She then went on to make such significant gains that her coach asked if she was using steroids or something. In fact she was in a very practical way simply applying her faith.
This story may sound simple but the underlying perspective has profound implications. Think about praying for healing for someone. If they are going to be healed, from His perspective they already have been. In Matthew 6:10 Jesus told us to pray “Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Paul said in Ephesians 2:5-6 that we have been raised with and in Jesus and are seated with Him in heavenly places. Should we not then see and pray from this perspective?
This idea of viewing events in time from the perspective of non-linear experiences outside of time may be what Jesus was speaking of in Mark 11:22-24.
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:22-24 (NKJV)
I believe to embrace this perspective we need to meditate on the significance of it. What does it mean to believe we have already received so that we can receive? I believe one application is that just as a baby grows in the womb and then is revealed in birth we need to learn to carry things in our spirits and nurture them until they are manifest in the earth.
What are you carrying this year?