Being a Christian means that you have come to believe that all of the old stories are true. You believe in trees with magical fruit, old men who call down plagues with a staff, sea monsters that play in the depths of the ocean, and stars that are angels influencing the course of history. Being a Christian means you believe in giants and giant-killers, dragons and dragon-slayers, the wars of angels and demons, the curse of sin and death, and the power of prayer and sacrifice and grace.
The fact that this world is far more than it seems does not mean that it doesn’t matter. Rather, it puts everything into perspective. Our labors, our families, our nations, our schoolwork, our dishes, our projects are all done in the light of eternity, in the light of a fuller reality.
When the army of Syria came to arrest Elisha and his servant, Elisha prayed that his servant’s eyes might see reality as it truly was: and it turned out that they were surrounded by myriads of angelic armies (2 Kgs. 6:17). Do not fear: those who are with us are more than those who are with them (2 Kgs. 6:16). And so it is always with the servants of the King. Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world (1 Jn. 4:4).