BY: RAY PRINZING
"And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption, draweth nigh." (Luke 21:28)
The words "look up" come from the Greek "ana-" meaning: agin, and "kupto" meaning: to bend. The oppressing, depressing, spirit of this world is constantly causing a bend, bowing down, hence there is a need to bend again, this time reversing the downward trend, so that we are restored to a right posture, returned to the higher attitudes according to Divine understanding. It has been a little by little bending down, as pressure upon pressure lowered our vision to the things of the flesh, and the distresses of this world's system. It is also a little by little, line upon line, bending up or back again, until our mind is in full harmony with the truth and righteousness. A return to the wisdom which we once had in God before the ages were framed, and this present cosmos, world arrangement, began. No wonder Paul wrote, "Be not conformed to this world," do not have the same form as this negative realm about you, do not allow these pressures to bend you down until you fit into the mold of this world, but be ye "transformed, by the renewing of your mind." (Romans 12:2)
There is a form, an image we would bear, HIS. So now, rather than allowing all "these things which are coming to pass" to bend us down until we are one with the form of the world, we can yield to His Spirit to straighten us up again, until we are in that upright position of HIS MIND.
"Lift up your heads..." this will raise our vision from the earthly view to the heavenly, and it will definitely change our mental attitude, for we know that "His thoughts are higher than our thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9) Let His revealed truth become your new attitude! Then gird up the loins of your mind so that there are no little "stray thoughts" wandering around that would bend your mind back to the old courses of this world.
Bowed low with attitudes deformed,
We moved in spheres where sorrows swarmed,
All jangled when emotions stormed.
"Twas God alone our soul transformed.
The upward look has far outshined
The attitudes we're left behind.