Today I was looking at a passage in Colossians that many are familiar with, and if you are not familiar with than its a great passage to take a look at. It’s Colossians 1:15-17. I have had a hectic last couple of weeks with finals drawing near, and with the thought of only having a year left and school I began to develop a strong fear of the unknown. So fast-forward in this story a couple of days and I am sitting on my patio at home laying by the pool reading and I come along Colossians 1:15-17 as I read my heart becomes overjoyed with the truths that this passage is proclaiming for the world. Paul in this letter to Colossians is writing to his church in Colossae he has been gone for a lengthy period of time, so he writes a letter to give direction and encouragement to the congregation. He begins with the passage that I was speaking on early “He is the image of God”. Paul’s point here is to proclaim to the church the power and majesty of Christ. Christ is the image of God not made in the image of God, but actually is the image that all of mankind was made in light of. As I read I begin to realize how big Christ is how Holy and powerful he is in and for our lives. He furthers this thought for the reader by stating that he has created all things. As Christians this is crucial for us to understand that not only do we have a God that is truly God, but also we have a God who has created all things. Not just on earth but in heaven and even the invisible things that still remain unknown. That is important for Paul’s readers to understand God’s in control. The final verse that should give all of us a sense of dependence and freedom in Christ is at the end of verse 17. Paul states in verse 17 that “in him all things hold together” so not only do we have a Savior and God who created the world we have a God that holds it together. Sometimes as people we begin to believe the lie that God made this world put it in to motion and left it to play out. This passage attacks that lie directly, Paul is saying no, God created all things and is still hold those things together and in order to remain stable and steadfast in this world we have to submit to Christ who is in control of this world. So as finals week begins for many and life for others, which is just as hectic, I invite you to experience Gods grace with me, and to submit your lives to him. He is in control of this world and the only way we can live a life that is stable in the times of calamity is to remain daily in him.
This past weekend was CrossWild and it was a ton a fun. The lord had prepared my group well with students that had gone through some of the same struggles as me. It was really encouraging to see that the lord would use my past to help some of these teenagers work through some of the problems they are going through. So today I am sitting in Red Eye which is a local coffee shop meeting with my Pastor Ben about the weekend a logistical stuff about church the previous day when a girl from my home town walks in, She is a girl that I know pretty well and had mistreated in my past. My heart just dropped I began feel upset about the way I once have treated women in my past and how I affected them more than I probably know. I began to think of how I wish i could apologize to the women in my life that I have affected negatively and realized that this would not be possible because I am no longer in contact with many of them. I began to be discouraged and feel a little down I read a passage from the bible which was Ephesians 1:7 which said “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s.” It gave me a peace while I was reading it. Because the gospel was spoken through it to me, saying that I am not good what I did to women was awful, and horrible and those girls did not deserve it, but God the creator of the universe loves me still and he is able to accept me through Christ dying on the cross. So in the end I am sorry for the things I have done and the sins I have committed and long for reconciliation with the people that I have hurt, But God rich in mercy and love has forgiven me by Christ death and I now stand redeemed through all of this. So after spilling my guts on this site I just want to put it out there that there is nothing that any of you that read this have done that the blood of Jesus can’t reconcile so I invite you to experience the grace of Christ that I need daily.
So today I have been wrestling God about a lot of things and he has been teaching forgiveness so faithfully. As I looked at my self in the mirror this morning in my mind i was think I’m a pretty good guy. Today God taught me that I am anything but good by myself I am wretched. As I read in Matthew 18 today I came to the story of the king that had a debt owed to him by a man. The king told the man that he would have to sell him and his family in to slavery. I looked at this and saw my depravity screaming from the pages. I know that I owed god for the sins I have committed and anyone that knows me know that there are plenty. But as I continued to read I came to the truth of the gospel as the man beg for forgiveness the King granted him it to the fullest and expunged the debt. This delighted me to see What God did for me with christ blood in expunging my Sin. I continued reading and got hit with a swift punch to my prideful stomach, upon leaving the kingdom of the king the man saw some one that owed him money. And he choked him and demanded the money he was owed. I stopped there an was quite for a moment seeing that I do this all the time I claim to be forgiven but refuse to give forgiveness when I feel hurt. The story does not end in a fairy tale ending the king takes the man that owed him the money and throws him in to jail till he pays all his sins. I urge all that are reading this to look at the end of this passage Matthew 18:32-35 and see that as christians If we do not forgive we will not be forgiven so lets pour of grace unto others and show them the love as christ that was shown unto us.
God is love as we see in the bible but as men in christian faith we have a hard time being loved in an intimate way by God. We say that we want to love and be loved; but we have no desire to be intimate with Christ because the thought of being led by him scares us. As a church we see in scripture continuously the church and its body is the bride of christ. When I hear this as a man I wonder why we are called the bride of christ why this is made so clear. As we see in Ephesians 5:22,23 we see this order of submission but we do not make the connection that we as men are also in submission to christ. This not only means that we are in subjection to his will and his guidance but we are also to be loved and nurtured by him. I pray that as men we will submit ourselves to you with out pride and begin to see what you have for us. Thank you Christ for what you are doing in all of our lives and the lessons that you are teaching me through your word.
I know that this is kind of a corny title to this post but whatever. I have come to realize recently that i have a hard time loving. Truly loving that is, i love the people i truly care about. I would do anything for them but how much do i really love the people that wrong me. The lord says, But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you (Luke 6:27-28). But do i truly live that out. I know that when some one does something to me that i don’t like I more often than not am spiteful than gracious. I have a hard time doing this daily for example today i had been up for 32 hours and my teacher got mad at me for slipping my paper under his door rather than putting it in his box, it got me so angry that i called him a couple of not so nice names in my mind. Then i got home took a nap and realized that i was so bitter towards him. This is such an easy thing for me to do why is it that when I am not feeling well that i want to lash out at people. It seems to be natural when some one does something i think is wrong to me to lash out back at them. Again God has the answer for me. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing (1 Peter 3:9). So i challenged myself to really start loving others to love them when its hard cause thats when it means the most
Why dose this world have such a grip on me. Even though i have died to my flesh there are still remnants thats continue to show up daily. My urge to be what the world wants me to be is strong. To be the man the public persona as normal. To have it all together and to do it all by myself with no ones help. To make and honest living because of what i have learned and how good i am at what i do. But as these thoughts come to mind daily I reminded that I don’t have to please this world, that there is no point in trying to fit into the social constructs cause its wrong. We have it so twisted we think that we can do it as men this is very contrary to what the bible says we continuously that we can not do it on are own that we need christ. Matthew 4:4 says that man does not live on bread alone. but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. This seems to me that we need to not depend on what we can provide and look to God to be provided for. Proverbs 3:5-6 trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. This shows explains to men that we do not have it all figured out that we do need the lord that in all things we are to acknowledge him. So as i end this post I encourage all to continue to seek Christ because he does have the answers he is the way the truth and the light he will guide your path and never steer you down the wrong path. So God bless and goodnight