First we must see the very physical nature of our faith. As Willard points out,
"the foundational facts and teaching of the Christian religion essentially concern the human body. The incarnation, the crucifixion, and the resurrection of Christ are bodily events." (Spirit of the Disciplines, p 30)The resurrection of Christ was the triumph of his flesh-and-blood-and-spirit life over sin and death. Thus it is not some disembodied spirit we worship, but the resurrected and triumphant person of our Lord.
The physical nature of our faith doesn't stop with Jesus, but has everything to do with how we live. Whatever did Jesus mean when he said "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10) if not life to our whole beings, including our bodies? As Wright states, "We are saved not as souls but as wholes" (Surprised by Hope, p199) And as Willard points out, the transformation of our selves through the life of Christ is a process which involves the training of our physical bodies.
This is all very good news indeed, since most of our daily life concerns our physical existence.
Secondly we must see that the unseen parts of our existence and spirituality are no less real because we cannot see them. Rather than elaborate, I will let you ponder that for a moment, and consider its outworking in your own life.
This ties into a passage I heard today, 1 John 4:5-6:
They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us, but whoever is not from God does not listen to us."I've been realizing lately how sometimes the ways I think and act make little sense to others because I am assuming a different reality than they.
Thanks be to God for providing this new reality which fits so well with who we were made to be, this new life that in its fullness transforms every part of us!