Sometimes the easiest way to understand something is to have an example of it. When we are able to observe a behavior, it gives meaning to an idea and direction for action intended to incorporate the idea. Once we know what it looks like, it’s easier to recognize it, grow in it, master it and teach it. That first step, however, is sometimes the toughest so Jesus gives us great physical snapshots of what it is to recognize and walk in the Kingdom, led by the Spirit and taking hold of the benefits of our inheritance.
A few examples of physical acts that help us to grasp the spiritual realities behind them are the acts of communion, baptism and feet washing. Jesus models something in the physical because He knows that the visible helps us to grasp the invisible. Of course, Jesus being God in the flesh is the perfect example. Once we see it, we can start to see it. Remember Hebrews 11:3, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Seeing something boosts our faith.
With the right focus, the evidence on display through the circumstances we observe can lead us towards Truth. The evidence of God’s hand in the circumstances around us comforts us when we realize and participate in His presence. When Jesus washed the feet of the apostles, He gave us a visual reference for the Kingdom reality that He came to serve. Now when we see a foot washing, we can recognize the power and Truth behind the action and be encouraged by the evidence of Him.
We need new eyes and ears to see and hear the heavenly frequencies if we want to start to enjoy the atmosphere and promises of Heaven. We need to start to tune into what the Holy Spirit shows us when we ask and seek, so that He can tune us into the bigger picture. There are clues as to His presence and plans all around us but we need eyes to see beyond the evident.