Who Calls The Shots In Your Life?
“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 each and every decision we make. That’s right, Jesus is the one that gets to call all the shots, be it fair or foul, ball or strike, safe or out. We always need to surrender our will to His because He is Lord and knows what is best for us in every situation or circumstance. Too many people that claim Jesus as their Lord still make their very own decisions where it comes to where to go to school, what career path they should pursue, who they should date, who they should marry, and countless other important choices.
We also need to allow Jesus to live deeply within 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 home 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 very tremendous 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 a percentage 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 vigilant and aware of the fact that we are His ambassadors and that WHEREVER we may be; we are stepping onto His mission field. Unbelievers, friends and family are watching every move we make and so is Jesus. So I say bring it on and thanks be to God!
Kirk Out !