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.::Life Is Good pt. II

Posted in church, disciplines, Life, Ministry, Teaching, Theology, youth ministry with tags , , on November 29, 2011 by Walter

Colossians 3:17 is one of my life verses. Its one of those verses that I try to live my life by. It is one of those verses that have camped out in my heart and I can’t seem to let it go. Paul teaches, “And Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col 3:16).

As you can see this is one of the “Life is Good” verses. It describes a life that is really dialed in to the fact that Life is Good. I used to think that Col 3:17 was all about the little things. I used to teach that it was about brushing your teeth and taking out the trash. While Paul probably includes those daily mundane tasks in those activities, I think it is a much deeper passage than that. What Paul is really doing here is defining a lifestyle. He is cross-referencing his passage where he describes us as ambassadors of Christ. When one is truly in tune with the fact that God is the Creator and Sustainer of Life, Jesus is the Savior of All, and the Spirit is the Comforter of all our grief, one can do everything in the name of the Lord and do it with thanksgiving. That is an amazing lifestyle that God offers for all of us. It frees us from the tyranny of worry, grief, anger, jealousy, envy, hatred, etc. We no longer are slaves to those forces when we understand God is on control.

Paul is prescribing that we do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord. Yes it is the teeth brushing and the garbage taking, but it is also facing the plummeting GPA, the girlfriend who just broke up with you, the extra stress that your after school job is giving you, your SAT scores that can’t get you in to the school you want, the checkbook balance that reads red, it is that pinging noise coming from the engine compartment of the ailing mini-van, it’s the recently emptied cubicle next to you wondering if yours is next. It’s the late payment slips, struggling marriage, a torn relationship with your teen. But one living Colossians 3:17 looks at those things not as problems, but as God’s crazy, inexplicable, unintelligible at times, provision. Yes provision.

Colossians 3:17 is all about “Life is Good” living. It is realizing that while not everything is great, or easy, or fun, or without pain or problems, the overarching umbrella that God covers our lives with is GOOD. Yes there are struggles, but god is still GOOD. Yes there is pain, but God is still GOOD. No that may not help you right this very moment, but the more you are able to live out Colossians 3:17, the better life will be. The higher your lows will become. So take today and meditate on Colossians 3:17. Here are a few different translations to help you:

The Message
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

New Living Translation
And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Amplified Bible
And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

.::Life is Good

Posted in Life, Ministry, Theology with tags , , on March 7, 2009 by Walter
Colossians 3:17 is one of my life verses. Its one of those verses that I try to live my life by.  It is one of those verses that have camped out in my heart and I can’t seem to let it go.  Paul teaches, “And Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Col 3:16). As you can see this is one of the “Life is Good” verses.  It describes a life that is really dialed in to the fact that Life is Good.  I used to think that Col 3:17 was all about the little things.  I used to teach that it was about brushing your teeth and taking out the trash.  While Paul probably includes those daily mundane tasks in those activities, I think it is a much deeper passage than that.  What Paul is really doing here is defining a lifestyle.   He is cross-referencing his passage where he describes us as ambassadors of Christ.  When one is truly in tune with the fact that God is the Creator and Sustainer of Life, Jesus is the Savior of All, and the Spirit is the Comforter of all our grief, one can do everything in the name of the Lord and do it with thanksgiving.  That is an amazing lifestyle that God offers for all of us.  It frees us from the tyranny of worry, grief, anger, jealousy, envy, hatred, etc.  We no longer are slaves to those forces when we understand God is on control.

Col 3:17 is describing, no Paul is prescribing that we do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord.  Yes it is the teeth brushing and the garbage taking, but it is also facing the plummeting GPA, the girlfriend who just broke up with you, the extra stress that your after school job is giving you, your SAT scores that can’t get you in to the school you want,  the checkbook balance that reads red, it is that pinging noise coming from the engine compartment of the ailing mini-van, it’s the recently emptied cubicle next to you wondering if yours is next.  It’s the late payment slips, struggling marriage, a torn relationship with your teen.  But one living Colossians 3:17 looks at those things not as problems, but as God’s crazy, inexplicable, unintelligible at times, provision.  Yes provision.

Colossian 3:17 is all about “Life is Good” living. It is realizing that while not everything is great, or easy, or fun, or without pain or problems, the overarching umbrella that God covers our lives with is GOOD.  Yes there are struggles,  but god is still GOOD.  Yes there is pain, but God is still GOOD.  No that may not help you right this very moment, but the more you are able to live out Colossians 3:17, the better life will be.  The higher your lows will become.  So take today and meditate on Colossians 3:17.  Here are a few different translations to help you:

The Message
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

New Living Translation
And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Amplified Bible
And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him.

.::Half Full

Posted in Life, Ministry with tags , , , on March 5, 2009 by Walter
One of my favorite shirts to wear is a“Life is Good” shirt that has a picture of a glass of milk with the phrase “Half Full” under it.  I realize that I have been given a critical spirit.  I tend to look at a picture perfect day and I am the one that can notice the cloud in the sky.  I want to be the person who sees the glass of life as “Half Full.”  After all, I live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world.  I have received a world-class education in theology and have a career that allows me to study about God for a living.  I have a wife that loves me much more than the day I met her and the feeling is reciprocal.  I have two healthy, beautiful daughters that have brought more joy to my life than I ever have thought possible.  And I have my health . . . good health, great health even.

When one really takes stock of their life, it is easy to see the hand of God and not only say, “Half Full,” but “Overflowing.”  Yes there are the temptations to buy in to the worries that everything else seems to throw at you.  How will I pay for their college?  Is that benign or malignant?  Am I going to make quota this quarter?  Am I pregnant?  And these can weigh us down like an anchor from a battleship.  And while these are weighty things in life, all one has to do is look in the rear view mirror and see the road of life littered with blessing after blessing after blessing.  For me it is 16 years of a great marriage, 16 years of full-time ministry getting to work with the most remarkable kids in the world, getting to travel to four of the seven continents and experience some amazing cultures,  being part of amazing faith communities, having faithful and caring friends.  That kind of perspective allows one to live those words of Jesus when he says, “Let not your heart be troubled, Trust in God, trust also in me.” (John 14:1)

That is half-full living.