Christ as our center. His Supremacy is enough. He could have grumbled at God as the Israelites did but was obedient in going to the cross. He could have turned His back to His Heavenly Father at any time but He didn’t. He fulfilled the purpose of His death and resurrection. We need to make sure that purpose was not for naught. Colossians 1:21-23 reads:
You yourselves are a case study of what he does. At one time you all had your backs turned to God, thinking rebellious thoughts of him, giving him trouble every chance you got. But now, by giving himself completely at the Cross, actually dying for you, Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence. You don’t walk away from a gift like that! You stay grounded and steady in that bond of trust, constantly tuned in to the Message, careful not to be distracted or diverted. There is no other Message—just this one. Every creature under heaven gets this same Message. I, Paul, am a messenger of this Message (MSG).
The words “whole and holy in his presence” speak volumes. When we are ‘whole’ in our relationship with Him, we live out a life of holiness. We do not have to sin. Jesus’ death and resurrection took care of that. Instead we need to live a life “at our best” as Romans 5:9-11 (MSG). When we live such a life, we will be glorifying Him through our words, actions and attitudes. Are you living such a life? Have you made the step to be reconciled to God through Christ? Are you following His example in being obedient or are you still wondering where He is during trials and tribulations? Are you following His example in total obedience to your Heavenly Father? These are all questions we need to ask ourselves daily.
Sheila Burrows, Associate Pastor – Beaufort Church of the Nazarene – Beaufort, SC