Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Heavenly Progress Report

My brother, my sister, you will likely have years of accidentally practicing the pretended non-presence of Jesus in you, looking for Him “out there” instead of “in here.”  It will probably take time and teaching and reading and praying and events and people and losses and benefits and crying and rejoicing and catastrophes-turned-triumphs in truly finding and regularly enjoying “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).  It might not be overnight that you fully accept and grow accustomed to the fact that you are the earthly mansion of The King, that He knows and cares for every room and every corner, but it will happen.  In His mansion—in you—He is the manager, He is the janitor, He is the inside gardener, He is the plumber (He moves you!), He is the maid, He is the brains, He is the builder, and He is the King.  He is there, He is here, and you will know Him and how He is.  After all, you are His workmanship—even if His pace seems slow.  You are on His timetable.  Heavenly progress reports are more about Him than about you. 

Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.  28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.

(This is a transcript of yesterday's video, "A Heavenly Progress Report," and is for those who might rather read than watch. To see the video, click, or simply scroll down this page.)

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