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Where I Am You Will Be  


Jesus said this concerning His servants who would follow Him.  "Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant will also be" (John 12:23).  I doubt if those to whom Jesus directly spoke these words understood what He meant.  They might well have thought that they were to follow Jesus along the dusty trails of Galilee , but that could not have been Jesus' intent.  Within a few weeks He would leave His physical human limitations and ascend to heaven (Acts 1:9).  What was Jesus getting at here?


Upon His return to heaven Jesus sat in a place of ultimate universal authority.  "Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me'" (Matthew 28:18).  "He (God) raised Christ from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 1:20).  Jesus is the "Alpha and Omega, who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty" (Revelation 1:8).  "Since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess" (Hebrews 4:14). 


Jesus told us that where He is, we, His servants must be.  Should we commit suicide so we can be where Jesus now is?  The obvious answer is "no."  How, then, can we be where Jesus presently is?     


The Apostle Paul answered this question.  "He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:17).  "God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus" (Ephesians 2:6).


I am a servant of Jesus.  Although I live in Canada , in spirit, I have been joined to Jesus and reside with Him in the heavenly realms, and so are you, if the Holy Spirit lives within you.  As a born again believer I am distinctly different from those who have not been born twice.  I am human, with an element of the divine.  I do not only live on earth but I live in the heavenly realm, something I think many western world Christians fail to grasp.  This is not some product of an overactive imagination.  This is reality.      


Over the years I have heard it said that some Christians are too heavenly minded to be of any earthly good.  I would say that some Christians are too earthly minded to be of any heavenly good.  If we ever want to be of any earthly good for Jesus we must do so from our heavenly perspective.  Being preoccupied with our earthliness defeats the purpose of our calling to represent the Kingdom of heaven to the kingdoms of this world.


"Where I am, there will my servants be."  If you are a born again believer, your primary residence is in heaven where Jesus presently is.  We sit alongside Him in a place of ultimate authority.  Let us live accordingly. 


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