Our “vertical life” is referring directly to our relationship with Jesus. With all of the things that happen in our lives every day, all the things to which we tend, the call of the kingdom is to have a “vertical” focus in the midst of it all.
Colossians 3:2 – “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Throughout the years people have used the sarcastic quip about being “so heavenly minded you’re of no earthly good.” Interesting enough, scripture clearly lays out that if we are not heavenly (vertically) minded we will never find what’s important to God important to us. For everyone personally, the Vertical Life is about having a living heart connection with Jesus through every season of our soul. For the local church, the Vertical Life is about a culture with a Jesus-centered focus that raises people up in the understanding of who they are before God and how they move with God.
Jesus pastors every area of our life from an eternal perspective. Meaning, His Word doesn’t just coach us on how to have a successful “80 year run” in this age; His Word speaks to our hearts on how to walk with Him for our eternal life and live from an eternal perspective. As Paul told us, there are “ages to come” (Ephesians 2:7) with Christ, and forever He will be unfolding to us the riches of His kindness towards us.
When a believer begins to discover their vertical life before God, their eternal identity with God, it brings strength and clarity to their life today. We all have a unique assignment from the Lord, a specific place where God has commissioned us to serve for a season of our life. Seasons will change, and God-given assignments will change. Unfortunately, many believers have their sense of value and purpose rooted in their temporal assignment from God instead of their eternal identity with Him. When the assignment changes, identity crisis comes. The Bible lays out a way for our lives to be anchored in the truths of who we are forever so that we can glorify God through every season and every assignment. By living with a vertical focus and having our identity rooted in who we are forever, we will experience a much greater degree of confidence through life’s changes.