He Is Your Life!

This year I‘ve decided to read the Message paraphrase of the Bible and I am loving it!  It is a breath of fresh celestial air.  The author, Eugene Peterson, paints brushstrokes of colorful, down to earth landscapes of spiritual truth that cause my Spirit to laugh, reflect, and be gently nurtured.  As a tree of righteousness, I am so taking pleasure from this stream the Lord has transplanted me near drink from during this season.  

Most recently, I have been sipping from the creek of Colossians. Today, I’d like to take the opportunity to share a few tastes of the sparkling refreshment I’ve been receiving.  

Eugene so eloquently reminds us that God has delivered us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons and instead set us up in the Kingdom of the Son He loves so much!  (Can you relate?)   As we look at His Son, we see God’s original purpose in everything He created. Everything started in Him and finds its purpose in Him. 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 and His blood that poured down from the Cross.

We ourselves are all case studies of what He does! At one time we had our backs turned to God, but now in Christ, God has put our lives together, whole and holy in His Presence. Hallelujah! Please don’t choose to walk away from such a gift! But instead, stay grounded and steady in that bond of TRUST, constantly tuned into the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted (a moment by moment proactive decision).

Eugene reminds us to be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less, but in Christ, that we would be woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know about God.  As we do so we will be given minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ. Christ is God’s great mystery where all the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded. Entering into this fullness is not something we figure out or achieve. It is not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws.  We are already in-insiders-through what Christ has already gone, destroying the power of sin. He stripped all spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.  Double Hallelujah!

The mystery in a nutshell is this: Christ in us, therefore we can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It is that simple.  This is the substance of the Message.   The source of life is Christ who puts us together into one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the Body, and we grow up healthy and are nourished in and through Him.

So saints, look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ- that is where the true action is. See things from His perspective.  Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other and in step with each other.  This is your real life; even though invisible to spectators it is with Christ in God. He is your life!

Scriptures taken from the Book of Colossians found in The Message with my personal brief commentary.

-The Quilted Poetess

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