17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
When we look at the world around us what do we see?
If we are focusing on suffering and struggle and evil, that which works against God, the brokenness of the world, that is what we see. The world appears in chaos.
If we are focusing on the beauty, sacrificing for the good of others, the joy, the wonders of creation, that is what we see.
So what is the real world? The real world is where people are invited to connect with their creator and live forever. The real world is where the creator reveals himself in human history as the human Jesus. And through Jesus all people have the freedom to reject God’s ways or to follow him. The broken world isn’t created by Jesus, God doesn’t create evil. The broken world exists because people have the God-given ability to reject him.
But the broken world is being restored to the world where Jesus reigns forever. And God is using us to be his agents of restoration right where we find ourselves.
In Jesus, all things hold together. Just like the gravity Jesus creates to hold our world from tumbling into destruction, the love he shares with us makes it possible for us to bring his good to the world which cannot tumble into destruction.
Because Jesus is the creator of all things and in him all things hold together, we know who is in charge. Jesus is in charge.
And because he is in charge we can focus on beauty and the wonders of creation, we can sacrifice for the good of others, we can bring joy into the lives of others, we can do all these things, because Jesus is in charge.
This is what we do. This is who we are. We join with Jesus right now, in the midst of a broken world, and we learn from him how to live well.
Who we are and what we do.
Learning to live well in a broken world.
Why does focus make a difference?