Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Col. 1:16

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him."

Have you ever sat in church on a Sunday morning and realized that it had been days since you had thought about God?  Have you ever paused in the middle of a workday and realized that you had not thought it prudent at anytime to pray to your Creator?  Have you ever made a decision about something in your life and failed to consider involving God in your deliberation by means of prayer?  Do you go days at a time without opening the revealed Word of the Creator? Apart from continuous prayer and observation of the Word of God it is impossible for us to fulfill the purpose of our lives which is to glorify God and draw nearer to Him with each passing moment. Consider the words of David as He pondered the sovereignty and omnipotence of the Creator: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4).  David recognized how amazing and counter-intuitive God's relationship with man truly is - that the Sovereign Creator is mindful and desiring of fellowship with fallen man is truly worthy of wonder and should cause us to desire nothing more than moment by moment fellowship with Him.

We should set our minds on the gem of truth revealed in Colossians 1:16: that all things were created by Him and for Him.  Never should we ask: "what is the purpose of my life" because we are told here - the purpose of our life is to glorify God because He is the Creator.  Consider how gracious God was to reveal Himself to us in written form and give us the capacity to understand that which He has revealed by means of God the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 2:9-3:4). The theologican L.S. Chafer said the following: "Having made man in His own image and having endowed man with the capacity to commune with Himself, it is reasonable to expect that this competency in man would be exercised". David asked: who is man that God be mindful of Him? We should ask ourselves: who is man that he reject the hand of fellowship from God. 

The continuous moment by moment pursuit to exhaust the truths revealed in Scripture would leave one infinitely short of his objective.  This should cause us to be ever drawn to it.  The Bible is the revelation of God, what He has done, and what He expects from us.  It is in Scripture and Scripture alone that we find the meaning for our lives and the means by which we are to achieve it.  In his letter to the Colossian church Paul commands the believer to "let the Word of Christ dwell richly within you" (Col. 3:16).  We are to read, study, and ponder the Word of God on a continuous basis.  The Word of God is to be our authority for every thought, motive, decision, and action in our life.  We are to be so excited about it that we can't wait to tell others about it.  Such passion for the Word of God will no doubt result in an active prayer life whereby we take advantage of the eternal forum that we are given to offer praise to and ask of our Sovereign Creator that which is on our mind at any given moment.  This is the life of felloswhip that we are commanded to have in response to the hand of fellowship offered to us by our Creator. 

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