We all run on two clocks.
One is the outside clock, which ticks away our decades
and brings us ceaselessly to the dry season.
The other is the inside clock, where you are your own timekeeper and determine your
own chronology, your own internal weather and your own rate of living.
Sometimes the inner clock runs itself out long before the outer one, and you see a dead
man going through the motions of living.
[Max Lerner. Quoted in the book 20,000 Days and Counting by Robert Smith]
As I read the book 20,000 Days and Counting, it made me wonder if Robert Smith has had a near death experience as well. It seems as though he is very interested in people living lives to their greatest potential. The quote above was the final quote from the end of the book. As an author and a speaker myself, I understand the desire to leave readers and audiences with memorable material.
The Kingdom of Heaven marks time radically different than we do here. Max Lerner somehow captured the nuance of the difference. Living on our own time, in this current space of life, we wear ourselves out by accelerating to the warp speed of our culture. It is living from the outside inward, to use his language. That would be like living in the world and living of it as well, whereas the Apostle Paul has taught us to live in the world but not of it (2 Corinthians 10:3).
What if we lived opposite the world, as Paul and Lerner suggest? What if we organized our lives from the inside working outward.
At the very core of us resides the Spirit of the Father. How does He live? Is He operating at a different pace? Does He wear out? Fueled by the Spirit, do we conform to the pace of our self-clock or are we transformed into the likeness of Jesus—operating on His timetable? Operating on Jesus’ timetable means there is no time for simply going through the motions. Christ makes time stand still, allowing us to catch up to Him—one bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven at a time.
Experiencing more of the Kingdom of Heaven allows us to change the way we interpret time! Not just the length of it, but the quality—which resonates in the hereafter as well.
Now, take the time to pause and reflect, thinking about operating on His life generating pace. Peace can be found in this kind of pauseation! And yes, that is a made-up word.
Steve digs deeper into the emotional facet of the Kingdom of Heaven with a young screenwriter who experienced a Bubble of the Kingdom of Heaven for the first time.