IT’S COMPLICATED?

When asked about a new relationship, the young man replied, “It’s complicated.”  Then a lengthy explanation began with the details of this “complicated” relationship.  He did all he could, even putting his own agenda aside to gain her affection and attention.  He impressed her with unexpected gifts.  He focused on her every need because he loved her greatly.  But there were others who competed for her attention.  She was easily distracted and woefully needy.  When she felt he wasn’t paying enough attention, she would throw a fit until she got what she wanted.  But as soon as she received what she thought she wanted, she cast it aside as if it were filthy trash.  She saw what someone else had and demanded to have that, feeling that what they had would her happy.  It’s complicated.

Friends, we, as the church, the “bride of Christ”, are sometimes like the one being courted but never satisfied.  What should be very simple; we complicate because of our own selfishness.  We are easily distracted by a world who could care less about our real needs.  It this state of mind, the evil one has us right where he wants us—too busy, easily distracted, envious of others, jealous of others gifts and abilities, bitter when we don’t get our way which leads to being unkind, unloving and so very woefully needy and whiny.

Paul tells the Colossian church that they are a great example, “a case study”, of those who were once lost, without Christ, but now are found completely and relentlessly focused on the One and Only who died for their sins and rose again with resurrected power.  The secret?  Christ lives in them!  The believers now live for Him, accepting his love, abiding in His grace, joyfully expectant of what He will do in and through them! 

The relationship is no longer “complicated”, it is simple.  Jesus IN us, abiding in us and we in Him.  The relationship is deep and wide, expansive, more than we can imagine or think, and oh, so beautiful.  AND get this, the more our relationship grows and matures the less complicated it becomes!  Paul tells us;

To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.”

PAUSE, REFLECT AND PRAY—

Am I making my relationship complicated or keeping it simple? In what ways?

Is it really Christ alone or Christ fitting into what I have planned for my life?

“But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one.

COLOSSIANS—ONLY JESUS!

Colossians 1:  The Message

Christ Holds It All Together

15-18 We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment.

And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.

18-20 He was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so expansive, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding. Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe—people and things, animals and atoms—get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the cross.

21-23 You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message.

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24-25 I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you. There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church’s part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth.

26-29 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.

Lord,

I repent of the complications I have thrown into our relationship.  I choose only You. Help me to mature even more in the simplicity of loving you with all my heart, mind and soul with loving others then like you love me.  Simple.  Keep it simple.  Lord, help me to keep it simple.  No more, no less, only You.  Undistracted.  You are my message of life.  You are Life to me.

In Jesus Name, For Your Glory, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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