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Who Calls The Shots In Your Life?

September 5, 2012

Greetings,

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3: 15-17

The Lord has me camped out in the book of Colossians and I am just loving it.  I have always been drawn to this particular passage because it is so rich and affirming.  Yes, we should allow the peace of Jesus to rule in our hearts. In fact “rule” in this passage means to act as an umpire; meaning that His peace should always be the deciding factor and only arbitrator in every decision we make.  That’s right, Jesus is the one that gets to call all the shots, be it fair, foul, safe or out.  We always need to surrender our will to His because He is Lord and we are not.  

We also need to allow Jesus to live deeply in us because we need to be teaching and admonishing one another with all wisdom.  Did you catch the full weight of those words?  NOTICE:  It is WE that get to teach and admonish one another.  It is NOT a Pastor that is called to do this; it is EACH and EVERYONE of us.  Again, it is every member ministry and never a one man show.  Plus together we all get to sing all sorts of different songs to our Lord.  Many of the fellowships I am involved in write their very own original songs.  We have found this extremely fun and rewarding.  There is nothing wrong with singing songs written by men dead centuries ago, but to sing fresh and relevant songs is a great blessing.

Finally, this passage closes with “WHATEVER” we do in “word or deed”, we should do it “ALL” in The Name of Jesus.  God wants your whole life and not just a portion of it.  Too many believers just give 10% of their incomes, an hour on Wednesday night and an hour and a half on Sunday morning to God.  Jesus wants our entire being surrendered to Him, 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  I also think it is good to remember here that there are some things (sins, behaviors, habits) that can never really be done in The Name of Jesus.  We need to always be aware of the fact that we are His ambassadors and that WHEREVER we may be; we are stepping on His mission field.  Unbelievers, friends and family are watching every move we make and so is He.  So I say bring it on and thanks be to God!

Love and…..

Kirk Out !

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5 Comments
  1. "BK" permalink

    Loved this, Chris. Thanks for the thoughts. One other thing that struck me as I read the verses is it says ‘do’ it in the name of Jesus, not ‘say, ‘in Jesus’ name’. May we be found in our Beloved.
    “BK”

  2. Stephen Roland permalink

    Hey Chris!

    Have you read much in the Greek Interlinear bible.

  3. Yes Stephen, and I also took 4 years of New Testament Greek in College. As long as The Spirit is guiding you they are great tools, but I also have run across some folks who twist the Greek for their own agenda.

  4. Pam Smith permalink

    Thanks for posting this Chris. I had forgotten the Umpire thing. That is always a good word.

  5. love it bro, the Lord drawing you to Colossians, what riches we have “in” Christ! thanks for the Light shinning through you!

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