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Wednesday in Colossae

The last couple of weeks I’ve been juggling studying Colossians with one group and 2 Samuel with another.  It finally occurred to me I could combine each of these studies for my weekly blog posts.  The blog is the priority of my heart and the contrast of those two studies is an either/or struggle for my brain.  I hope dedicating more study time to each of them will allow me to discover connections between them that can change the perspective of my heart and brain into the reality of unity.  So here goes…this Wednesday in Colossae.

Colossians is the work of a man who’s intent on not letting physical separation keep him from revealing the reality of Jesus Christ as God’s provision for the people of a culture he’s not really a part of that he’s never met in a city he’s never visited from a prison cell 1200+ miles away.

THAT is a run-on sentence Paul would admire.  It also emphasizes his passion for Christ is all about perspective that doesn’t stop despite the piled-on nature of his own circumstances.  He wrote Colossians to remind us that “perspective” can be our application.  “You received Christ Jesus, the master; now live him.”  The circumstances of life do not have to be a barrier to living the life we’ve received from Him.

Colossians 2:6 & 7 My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. [MSG]

Jesus…The Real Fixer-Upper

Hebrews 3:3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything. 5 “Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future. 6 But Christ is faithful as the Son over God’s house. And we are his house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.

For much of my life I’ve been a home improvement fan/promoter/nut.  I’ve  spent many hours doing hands-on carpentry, creating some useful and beautiful things and then enjoying the results in my home. Turn’s out it was good training. When I read this passage this morning it became a connection for me between God’s vast wisdom and my real day-to-day life; I am a fixer-upper but “God is the builder of everything.”

God’s tools are simple; his Word, your time and Jesus…The Real Fixer-Upper. Those tools provide ideas; you provide effort and the end result is the shared enjoyment, even delight, in the house you’re building together. “We are his house if we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.”