Sunday, June 16, 2013

Jesus is the Best

This is one of those days when I'd just as soon drive truck for a living.  There are days (and this is one of them) when what I have done in leading worship and preaching was not up to what I hope for.  I'm okay, and I don't want anyone to think I'm looking for people to say "It wasn't that bad," and I'm not saying that there was nothing of value in what the Lord was doing.  It's just that today it was harder work than it is sometimes.  It was long, I said too many things, and I'm sure some of the people were lost along the way.

Strangely, one of the reasons it's "okay," maybe, is that when I don't "shine" in my own abilities, perhaps the focus can go more on Jesus.  That's what I hope for anyway.  Jesus is the best, not me.

Here's the text from today's worship. Beginning with verse 21 we hear Paul speak about how we human beings have been "enemies in our minds" because of our evil behavior.  One of the things I tried to share today was the fact that because of what Jesus has done, we really aren't enemies.  Jesus, as you see from what is written here, has done everything necessary to bring us back into friendship with Him.  That's true even when we misbehave, and even when we are less then our best.

Take these words from God's Word and let them permeate your soul. And keep learning Colossians 1:1-20 by heart.

Colossians 1:13-23

    13 God the Father has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    15 He, that is, the Son, Jesus Christ…is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
    21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

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