peaceColossians 1

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.  He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.

He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—

such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Here is why I can’t separate my faith and somehow try to keep it hidden in some private closet in my life. That would be such a foolish way to live. If everything is designed and created through Christ, why would I ever want to somehow keep my faith from influencing my decisions and behavior in my public life? If I am not using Jesus as the filter for everything, then I am, on purpose, trying to be less wise and more wrong.

No, my faith will be the filter to make all my life decisions- personal, vocational, financial, physical, political, and relational. The greatest danger for me would be to ignore the model and teachings of Jesus and the Bible which he gives us. There are plenty of seen and unseen forces active in my world trying to get me to stay in the dark and not actively follow my Lord.

We live in an age where we worship human desire. We can’t say, “No,” to anything. I will always default to the model and teachings of Jesus and his Word. I realize that, while Jesus and his Word are infallible, my interpretation of these things is not without error.  But, because Jesus is never wrong, when I stray from what he would want, if I stick close to him and am open to him, Jesus will bring the correction I need.

I look at it this way. There is just enough depravity in me that I must cooperate with God. Without Jesus I am lost. This is the one time I can say always back the winner.

ME

“All people are good,” is not the same as “Look for the good in all people.”

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