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]