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COMPLETE IN CHRIST

COMPLETE IN CHRIST

According to Colossians 2:10, as followers of Christ, we are “complete in Christ”. I find the implications of this statement to be both overwhelming and incredibly inspiring!

Complete in Christ! To think that “all of God lives in Christ’s body” (Col 2:9) and that Christ lives in us…

We are complete in Christ! We went from being DEAD because of our sins and worldly thinking to being made ALIVE in Christ when He canceled our debt. He erased the charges against us, by nailing them to the cross! (Col 2:13-14) By grace, through faith we are now complete in Him!

So, what does this concept mean to us? Does it mean we get it right all the time? No, that certainly hasn’t been the case for myself. But what it does mean, is that we have a hope, an understanding within that encourages and strengthens us to keep on. There’s an unseen power in this statement that causes faith to arise in us so we realize that we can BELIEVE, beyond any doubt:

  • that God is sovereign. There is nothing or no-one who rivals Him. He is, was and always will be in full control!
  • that God always knows and does what’s best for us
  • that everything God says about us is true. For example, He says we’re “a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Cor 5:17)
  • that we possess the power to live out the following truths. Like Paul said, “I don’t look back, I lengthen my stride, and I run straight toward the goal to win the prize that God’s heavenly call offers in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13, 14). We can:
    • walk in obedience
    • love each other and our enemies
    • say no to temptation
    • control our thoughts
    • forgive and be forgiven
    • be thankful at all times
    • focus on things that are above” (Col. 3:1), knowing that this world is not all there is.
    • etc, etc!!

We’re complete in Christ! Let your faith arise. Faith to act on the dreams that God has put in your heart to make a difference in this world. Faith to step out and fulfill the call to “Love God, Love Others & Serve”! Let’s allow the reality of this truth to cause us to use the gifts, talents and desires God has given us, to accomplish our part of the Great Commission, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…” Matthew 28:19-20

HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS?

HAVE YOU SEEN JESUS?

I was challenged and inspired as I read these musings from my brother-in-law, Jim Roth. He has agreed to let me share them with you. I’m sure you will be equally as challenged and encouraged as you read these thoughts based on Jesus appearance to a couple of His disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24.

 

Did you ever wonder why the disciples were “kept from recognizing Him” when He came along side?

  • Maybe they weren’t ready.
  • Maybe they needed to understand first the veracity of the OT prophecies.
  • Maybe they wouldn’t have really listened if they recognized Jesus right away.
  • Maybe their emotional state at seeing Him needed to be grounded in the Word
  • Maybe they might have missed the deeper meanings of the resurrection when they faced a skeptical church audience later.

 

Jesus met them where they were. Disappointment, consternation, confusion, maybe even unbelief. Jesus gave them space to express that all. He listened carefully as they told Him the events of the past few days.

  • Maybe He knew they also needed to restate their earlier well founded hope and their amazement at the earlier reports of His resurrection.

 

Then as Jesus began to teach and instruct them as to what the Scriptures said about Him, their hearts were warmed. How often we too are warmed by our latest understanding of a new scriptural truth. Or when we read his Word in private devotions.

 

But they were not yet content with that experience. Somehow the Holy Spirit prompted them to seek more. They begged Him to stay with them even though they didn’t yet know who they were with.

  • Maybe their faith was sufficient to believe God is indeed “the rewarder of those who earnestly seek Him.”

Even though Jesus acted like he had a different agenda they convinced him to stay and when they did and He served the bread, they saw Him…their eyes were opened and their joy complete. They became motivated witnesses at that point.

  • Maybe we need to see HIM before we will be effective messengers.
  • Maybe if we asked with passion He would be revealed in all His glory to us today.
  • Maybe He would gladly modify his agenda to meet our real need.

 

Where are we in that story? Obviously on this side of the death and resurrection of Christ!  But…

  • disappointed with our situation/circumstances and dashed hopes?
  • disappointed because our experience has not lined up with our expectation?
  • discouraged by the incompleteness of our own experience or failures?

 

When will we be satisfied?

  •  When our hearts are warmed by a fresh revelation of scripture?
  •  or the promise of more fellowship…?
  • or when our minds are renewed and the eyes of our heart are opened?

When we see Jesus we can’t help but be more inspired messengers and we will know we have a message!