All this week as I have been looking at Colossians 3, I have noticed a predominant theme: Christ is who we live for and He is our everything. I believe that if we could keep that at the forefront of our minds each and every moment, we would find our priorities and perspectives while living on this earth change. We have read phrases such as, "...Christ, who is your life..." (Colossians 3:4 NLT) and, "Christ is all that matters..." (Colossians 3:11 NLT). These are powerful truths that we can take with us everywhere. Eternal life is given to us through Christ and He is all that matters. Today, I want to look at how those truths can affect us in our everyday life and how we interact with each other as the body of Christ, which is the church. Please read Colossians 3:15-17.
The first thing we read in these verses is a call to peace. Christ gives us this peace and we are instructed to let it rule our hearts. This peace is grounded in the truth of our salvation in Christ and the knowledge that there is nothing that can separate us from His love. When we are walking with peace ruling in our hearts, we also will not be reacting out of anger, fear, or anxiety to one another. This peace will allow us to respond to one another out of love.
The next thing we are told is to be thankful; in fact, we are told to live in thankfulness three times in this passage. If we are living with the truth that Christ is all that matters and that Christ is our life, we can have a thankful heart. When we reflect on what God has brought us through, we can be thankful. We can even be thankful for what He is going to continue to do in our lives as we walk with Him. Verse 16 tells us how we can keep a thankful heart, "Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives." (NLT). It really is a rich message! If it is filling our lives, the outflow is naturally going to be thankfulness. But we are not just thankful by ourselves; notice that we are to be singing praises together full of thankfulness. It really is a blessing to be a part of the body of Christ and raising our praises of thanksgiving together.
We are also reminded that the world is watching us. No matter what we do, we are to remember that as His children we are representing Him. We are His witnesses and we can point back to God through our thankfulness. We have so much to be thankful for, let us lift our praises to God!
Are you thankful for the life you have in Christ?
This post is linked with Faith Filled Friday.