The most significant problem believers face, from those who are new to faith to the seasoned follower, is keeping faith relevant in the midst of rapid change. We must resist the urge to let our faith remain attached to a single, stagnant moment in the past. Faith always moves forward and so must we. To regain our passion we have re-engage with the presence of Jesus each day.
In this week’s devos, we are concentrating the content on holding fast to Christ as we know Him, and making Him the foundation of our lives. As you read each day, ask Him to stir your spirit afresh. In Jesus, we are freed from the seduction of the past and the tyranny of the moment. We are freed to know Him in all His fullness.
Putting Things Into Focus
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16
We know God when we believe in Christ. And when we know Christ, we are in union with God Himself. Whenever we think on the centrality of Christ, we begin to see all things in relation to Him. This is not just an act of logic, but of devotion.
When things don’t go your way, do you react or respond? Think carefully about how you answer. Every day of our lives, we are confronted with circumstances that squeeze one of those actions out of us, and the behavior that manifests itself is telling.
When we react, it is usually not good. Reaction is often guided by the flesh. We want what we want, when we want it. We want our plans to come to fruition. We want our way, and when we don’t get it, we react. Sometimes our reaction is manifest in anger, frustration, pouting or a bad attitude. When we react, we are putting our selfishness on full display.
However, when our response is guided by the Spirit, we choose to think biblically. Paul said that God created all things and that all things were created through Him and for Him.
Where do you see your way in this verse? God created all things, including us, for Himself. So, when we don’t get our way, it may be painful, and it may not be the road of our choice, but He is right there with us. He is giving us the opportunity to trust Him with our circumstances and to display our faith in Him.
Jesus has the unique function of putting things into focus. He both reveals and redeems. When our life gets interrupted, when we get irritated and, in the times we don’t get our way, we need to remind ourselves daily, that it’s not about us, it’s all about Him.
Father, thank You that You are ever-present, regardless what the circumstances of my life suggest, and that You are always working out Your good plan for me. Amen