August 21, 2019

What I read today;

Colossians 1-3; Luke 10; Isaiah 52; Psalm 17-18; 1 Samuel 3

Colossians 3 vs. 12-17 lays out for us the goal of our Christian lives.  This passage gives us our goal in life.

First, it tells us how to treat our neighbors:

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” NRSV

Then vs. 15 shows us that we should let Christ’s peace rule in our hearts.  Often we fight the spirit of Christ.  Here we are shown that it is important to just simply let Christ rule:

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.” NRSV

Then Paul tells us to shift our focus away from the world and its worries.  Paul tells us to immerse ourselves in the life of Christ.  He begs us to dig into the word, have fellowship around the word with other believers and sing for joy continually in the name of Christ:

 Let the word of Christ[b] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.” NRSV

Finally, he tells us that our life in Christ isn’t just for those moments we are in the church.  It is to permeate every part of our lives.  Each nook and cranny of where we live.  At work, in our homes, at restaurants, gas stations and wherever else we are standing:

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” NRSV 

Christ wants to fill our lives with everything we need.  Our job is simply to let him and stop fighting.

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