A Fresh Vision

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By Jon Shah

As we get older,  it can often seem like life speeds up and gets more chaotic by the moment.  We’re being pulled in many directions and distracted by many things, that are all clamoring for our immediate attention.  I felt that this week as I spent most of the week away from home at a conference.  The morning I returned I made a point of taking my youngest daughter Meghan to breakfast.  No agenda, no grand plan.  We just sat at panera, and ate cinnamon crunch bagels.  We laughed and caught up, and talked about life. 

And in the midst of the chaos, I remembered how much I love my daughter.

Every relationship we value NEEDS these moments.  Where we reflect and reconnect.

And as we have been reading in the book of Colossians, this is exactly what Paul is reminding us about our most important relationship, the one we have with Jesus Christ.

In a sea of distractions and other voices, we often need a fresh reminder, a fresh vision, encounters that will stir our affections for Jesus.

On Sunday I asked you to consider, “What are the ways you can stir your affections for Jesus?”  One regular habit I have tried to develop is to simply pause and remember the beauty of Christ and His work on our behalf.  To take time and reflect on the powerful implications of the Gospel.

Today I invite you to reread this passage in Colossians chapter 2, and pray through it.  Going slowly, verse by verse, and asking yourself the question…

how have I seen and experienced this reality in my life? 

Colossians 2:9-15 ESV

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,  having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,  by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.  He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

I pray that in some small way this allows your roots to grow deeper into the soil of God’s great love, and fills you with thankfulness as you serve Him this week!