Colossians – Christ in Us!
I admit it. I love being where the action is, don’t you? Mundane tasks we tolerate, but being where exciting things are happening draw us in. Humans want life, abundant life, life that satisfies our deepest longings…to be loved and accepted. We want to know we count and are included. You CAN have all that and more! “Pursue the things over which Christ presides.” “Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from HIS perspective.” Wow.
How many times do we go about life seeing only the mundane, busy schedules, work to be done, church activities to attend right in front of us without looking up to see His glory, looking in to feel His power working in us, and looking out to see Who Jesus is and what He has done, is doing and will do?
“Are you serious?”, asks Paul. “So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, ACT like it.” This means living our new life in Jesus out loud. It means not referring back to our old life before Christ but moving forward with our new life in peace through every storm, problem solving with the power of the Holy Spirit in us, going where the action is and obediently joining God where He is already at work when invited by Him. It means leaving and losing self’s desires that lead to sadness and destruction to gaining all there that gives life, hope, God’s best for us in Christ! Seriously? YES and Amen!
Colossians 3, The Message
He Is Your Life
3 1-2 So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.
3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
5-8 And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.
Think About It….
–What do we need to lose to gain more of Christ in us?
–Do we come to Christ empty and spilled out of all that we have allowed the world to pour into us?
–Jesus Christ took all the sin of the world upon Himself so that we can be made holy before God. He was broken and spilled out completely for you, for me. He was serious.
–Christ is life and where ALL the action is…look up and really live!
Tomorrow…”How to Dress for Success”
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am serious. I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. Your word is seriously convicting me of things I still cling to that are no good for me. Each day I desire more of You in me. Continue to transform me and my thinking. Transform your church. Transform the world.
In Jesus Name, Amen