Title: Running and Resting
Series: This Is The Gospel
Author: Mickey Badalamenti
Are you trying to chase down God’s approval? Are you not accepting that in Christ He already approved of you?
Are you so distracted by the things you need to do that you can’t sit down with God for even a minute?
Do you think it’s unfair that you’re having to do so much while it seems like others aren’t? They’re just sitting around enjoying God, and you’re doing all the work, right? Why isn’t God joining me in this crazy pace?
But perhaps much of what we do, we didn’t have to do in the first place…
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your mindsbecause of[a] your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
Colossians 1:15-23 (NIV)