Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Daily Message: Colossians 3:1-4

I can't really remember a time when I didn't believe in God. I remember as a very, very young child (not exactly sure what age, but really young) asking my mother, "But where did God come from?" Her answer, "God always was, and always will be." That answer didn't really clarify my confusion on the origins of God at the time, but it wasn't so murky that it made me not believe.

Today, it seems so many want to take away any reference to God in the public arena. They're offended by others' freedom to practice their religion in view of anyone else. Or, they claim that our free practice of religion is "forcing" it on them. They make reference to the many wrongs committed under religious pretenses over the centuries, or they use the existence of evil in the world as an excuse to assail those who place their faith in Jesus Christ.

I've never really understood why Christianity is so offensive to those of other faiths, or those of no faith. Though many times throughout the centuries evil has been committed in the name of God, I don't believe for a second that evil was ever directed by Him. In fact, in chapter 1 of the book of James, we're told God is incapable of evil.

Today's passage makes it even more a mystery to me. How can so many take such offense at those who believe?
" 1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. ~ Colossians 3:1-4" ~ Colossians 2:13

These four verses tell us exactly how to live as Christians, and why we are to live such a life.

Because Jesus Christ died on the cross so that we might have eternal life, it's that eternity we are to live for, that eternity with Him. It doesn't say we can't enjoy life here on earth, but that our true peace and joy can only come from knowing a better life awaits us that will last far longer than our limited time on this planet.

The evil in the world comes from a focus on earthly things; envy, lust, pride, etc. A life lived for Christ means a life of putting away these roots of evil, a life focused on an eternity in Heaven. Handing your life over to Jesus Christ means devoting yourself to do His will, to help and not hurt, to serve and not swindle. How can such a life offend anyone?

We all have a choice to make, and like the prophet Joshua said, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

If you don't know Jesus as your personal savior, if you're missing the faith, hope, and love written about here, if you want the peace that we as Christians have in our lives, please visit our Got Jesus? page for step-by-step instructions on how to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

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