Colossian 2: 4 – 10 “Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. (NJKV)
Over the past weeks, a smile and chuckle comes as I think of us as people and Christians. How I (we) tend to make things more difficult than needed. To the point of crossing into an esoteric land God is not inclined. I become idiomatic, idiosyncratic or merely idiotic. I think the latter.
Don't get me wrong. I believe we should know if 2+2= 4, if your belly button is an “innie or outie” and if needed, figure out “who we are.” They're good and honorable pursuits. Caution must reside for me however; in reading, studying, and writing of “secrets of the Kingdom.” If not, the mysteries remain just that, secrets. In desiring to be wise end up foolish (I Cor. 3: 18 – 20) by making complex the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ (II Cor. 11:3).
Whether justification, sanctification, or other “deep things” of God (fill in the blank). Knowing me, I'll be writing on God's indemnification (shielded from liabiity) and lack of dertrimental reliance based on man's sin and freedom of choice. I must guard against the trap of the Pharisee's (John 5:37 – 40). Believing the search of scripture will provide eternal life. All the while, it points to the One Who is Life and Love. In and through Christ Jesus work on the cross, His death, resurrection, and now living in me, I am complete.
The humility of Enoch's life mentioned in six verses of Genesis 5, serves as a sharp reminder. He walked so closely with God; He was taken and didn't taste death.
Ezekiel, proclaimed God will clean us and provide a new heart (Ezek. 36:24 – 28), additionally a Prince (Ezek. 44:1 – 5). Most importantly, by belief in the work of Christ and Who He is as we walk, talk, and live life and love daily in a dying world. We'll bring heaven to earth, then continue forever with Him (John 15 – 17).
All the while, those around see the incomprehensible love of God lived in through our lives in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior! I conclude with a true story of a saint of the cross and her life passage (Colossians above).
As life was coming to a close, her family placed her in a nursing home. Health physically in decline, thought crystal clear. Staff and those passing by her room, would hear Col. 2:4 – 10 throughout the day. As time went by mental faculties began to deteriorate.
She still said her life passage continually, only words began to escape and be forgotten. Time and cognitive functions diminished. People now only heard though tired and weak, “You are complete in Him, You are complete in Him.” The complete passage was now gone.
Now only days or hours were left. Those who came near would have to lean over to hear. In a whisper, only one word still remained when she spoke, “Him.” That's what it's really all about isn't it? “Him”
Grace and peace to you in God's over whelming, overcoming, and overpowering Love. To keep, motivate, and shine The Light Jesus Christ through you in a world who loves darkness. Thank you for the blessing you are to me.
Atrributions: Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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For certain values of 2, 2+2=6. So I only trust my own crazy logic so far
I'm not sure I can watch the video without crying, so I just read what you said about it.
Thank you for sharing this great example of how, although our faculties fail us, God never will. We only need keep our focus on him.
I love the video you selected to go along with your blog.
Yes, we do make it very complicated when in reality it is very simple. It is all about Him.
Thank you Les, very inspiring and a wonderful message. God is good,
Your brother in Christ, Lum
Thanks Les -
Thank you K, Lum and John for your encouragement. Peace to your hearts in Him, Les
You've written this with noticeable tenderness and spiritual compassion, hallmarks of a gentle and contrite spirit that understands the multifaceted complexities of the chapters of our lives; chapters, yes, that many times should be simple for us to comprehend but our nature being what it is, causes us to willfully complex the matter and allow a mental veil to obscure our thinking.
But you have allowed the veil to be lifted and have offered to us an insight into the reality of a chapter of life to which we are all heading; and difficult as it is, the manner in which you have presented it has compassionately and reverently simplified the complexity. Thank you, Les.
Blessings to you always
Thank you for being such a wonderful blessing Barbra.
Not sure I did much other than speak from an old heart. I get to see things are simple and pure yet try to make them much more complex or elaborate than Christ ever intended. God in His way, seems to bring me back to it truly is ... only about Him.
Great grace to you,