Rooted in Christ

Posted: July 9, 2014 in christian living, Jesus

Fireworks are exciting to watch for a half an hour or so, then after a quick pop and flash of lights they are over.

A small plant isn’t as exciting to watch for a half an hour or so.  It grows too slowly and most of the real work is hidden, taking place under the soil.

When the Lord is moving mightily, as in times of revival, it is a wonderful and exciting thing.  Yet do not despise the hidden work of God among the saints and in your own heart.

Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

 

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Comments
  1. Mickey Merrie says:

    Ever read, “In Caesar’s Grip” by Peter Kershaw, Jim?

  2. Mickey Merrie says:

    Here is a link to the PDF. I don’t know about the provider of the link or their beliefs, but I own the actual book. I would challenge every person who names the name of Jesus to read this book.

    http://www.jcmatthews.org/uploads/5/3/7/7/5377341/in_caesars_grip.pdf

    And here is a link to several places one might download the book. Again, I know nothing of the websites that provide the downloads, but the book can be read this way at no charge.

  3. True faith rests in a God who is working all things according to His own will and purpose. Although there is nothing to boast in or about, even in hindsight many of us now see how even our sinful past choices have even been used to change us and ultimately lead to glorifying God. Is that an excuse to sin? No, may it never be, but if my heart is open and I find myself anticipating God speaking to me and using me day by day, I will no doubt find myself in those circumstances, whether it be an evangelistic crusade, a fireworks show or a fishing trip.

    The sovereignty of God is a mighty thing, so much more far reaching than our self made plans. God isn’t so much opposed to what we know to be the vanity of witnessing or experiencing the temporal excitement than comes from a few temporal pleasures as he is in our failure to learn from those things.

    If attention directed toward a fireworks display distracts from my communion with God or aims to circumvent it, then it very well may be sinful. Then again, if said pursuit is a precursor to a lesson aimed at the “brightness of His coming” and that of His enduring glory throughout the ages, we may very well be encouraged by it and drawn to our heavenly home all the more.

    Thanks Jim.

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