Colossians 1:27, To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Somehow over the years, it seems this message has been lost, watered down, tossed aside, become unimportant, and often just used when it is convenient or seems to “fit” our audience. We have the answer the world is desperately seeking and yet we seem to be afraid to let them know. We have become conditioned to keep our mouths closed and yet we are the ones with the “Good News”!
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior then His Spirit dwells in you! That should make a huge difference, not only in your life but in the lives of everyone around you! I think we have learned to “box Him in”. We, too often, seem to pick and choose what we will give to God and what we want to remain in control of, and yet He wants us to give it all to Him so His glory and power can shine through in our lives. We need to recognize that the lies satan told Eve in the Garden haven’t gotten old to him because they still seem to be working on us. He wants you to believe that God doesn’t really care about you and that somehow if you trust God everything will go wrong and you will be miserable. Hello! We live on earth and things are going to go wrong at times whether you are giving them to God or not! Satan is out to steal, kill and destroy ~ God wants to guide you, love you, and show you His plan for your life! Who will you choose to trust? Satan is very sly, making wrong seem right, making people think that somehow they “deserve” something no matter what it may cost not only them but everyone around them. Satan doesn’t rush in boldly most of the time, it is one little step at a time until he has you sliding down that slope at breakneck speed, all on your own.
God has given us His Word! He has laid out for us what is right and what is wrong. He has laid out the fact that He has a plan for your life, but He will not force it on you, He has given you a choice. Why are things so messed up in the world? Because people make the wrong choices. We are supposed to live lives that will show them that there is a better way. We need to be the difference in the world! We are called to be His hands and feet. We are called to be a voice of Godly wisdom and His love and grace. We need to stand for what is right! Remember Ephesians 6:12 ~ It is the other person you are “fighting” it is satan and the evil he and his demons bring. Those people have no idea how lost they are and that satan is trying to destroy them. They need Jesus and we are called to share Him with the world!
Jesus is our hope! He loves you more than words can say and He wants to make a difference in your life. Seek Him with your whole heart! Don’t settle for where you are today. Take a look around you ~ how many people are lost? Who can you show the love of Christ to? How can they know that His spirit lives in you and that He is their hope? Ask Him to show you today what may need to change in order for you to be all He created you to be and then go after that with all of your heart! Make the BEST choices and see what difference it makes in your life and the lives of those you love!
Quote: “If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important.” ~ Dick Nogleberg