Jesus Christ has intended for all His children to walk supernaturally in this natural world; to live in freedom in the midst of potentially enslaving circumstances. His purpose for visiting this planet was to give both eternal life (John 3:16) and abundant life (John 10:10). If only we embrace the gift of eternal life without at the same time embracing the liberating gift of abundant living, Christ's work remains incomplete, and He lives His life in us as a crippled Savior.
All too often He walks in us as a lame Deliverer with many of us unraveling at the seams. Christian counseling offices are bulging with issues of depression, phobias, compulsive-obsessive disorders, broken marriages and a ruptured sense of self that has come through the blight of abuse and other childhoood issues. We are tattered and frayed on every side. Yet in the midst of it all, we are told by an Ancient God that we are to be still and know Him. We can be whole, He insists, in the midst of the chaos. We can be free in the midst of an enslaving world.
The question for us is: Was Christ just a passing symbol of flight or is He the eternal wings of freedom? If we believe He is the eternal wings of freedom, we must decide what to do with His invitation to come learn of Him and taste the sweet nectar of His ways. His death affords us eternal life. His life offers to us its abundance. Both must be embraced if we are to drink of the full vineyard of God and if it is to produce its fruit in our lives. It is a journey into freedom, but it is up to us to learn His laws of flight.