Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Finding our divine purpose (Colossians 1:16)

SCRIPTURE: Colossians 1:16 (TM) – larger reading Colossians 1:15-23
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.

“The strange thing about Jesus,” said a Japanese student, “is that you can never get away from him.”

Many things demand to be central in our lives – money, career, security, family, home, cars, friends, leisure, hobbies, etc. These require time and energy… and precious resources. And here is the kicker: There is nothing wrong with any of these things – nothing, absolutely nothing – if placed in proper place on our priority list.

Addictive behavior requires each of us to “feed” the addiction. Breaking that craving is tough at best. The addiction, whatever it might be, brings about a physical and/or emotional response that is very satisfying, but it becomes a negative force because it robs us of our true personhood.

Paul, writing to the church, speaks of the reality of Christ in the same way we might speak of addictions. But, instead of robbing us of our true personhood, he defines and gives our personhood purpose and direction.

Instead of aimlessly wandering through life looking for our next “fix” we are shaped and molded into a new reality – God’s reality – God’s divine purpose finds a home in us.

That list of central things in our lives pales next to Christ. God through Christ can actually make everything on that precious list has a good purpose in us. And so, here we are, facing another day, facing what will define us, shape us, mold us, make us, lift us up, direct us. It is our choice.


God, as the day starts may we give ourselves more completely over to you and find our purpose in you.

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