Sunday, October 12, 2014

He is our prize

HE is our prize.

Yes, the Bible is very important. 
SO important. 
SO good. 
The greatest book ever written. 

I think we again ought to be aware and reminded of its purpose: 
to show us Jesus. 
Draw us closer to Him. 
To know Him. 
To remind us who we are.
To bring us into relationship with Him.
To ultimately grow the family of The Lord.

Let us be careful not to worship this book. 
Let us be careful not to worship the Bible.
It is a tool. 
A way for us to know Him.
And there are other ways we can know Him too.
We get to know Him through people.
Through other books.
Through just being with Him and talking with Him.
Through songs.
And please hear me...I take the Bible very seriously. 
I scour it's pages and am hungry to read it. 
Other books are great but this book is like no other.
I take life's situations and thoughts and ideas and run back to scripture. 
And yet-- I don't think it's about the book. 
I don't think all this is about the Bible.
We don't worship the book.
We don't worship the Bible.
We worship the One whom the book reveals-- Jesus. 
When we read, may we search for Him. 
May we read to find Him.
And may we find Him. 
And may we become like Him. 
Every page; 
Every story;
Every literal part, every symbol;
EVERYthing is there to show us the Son.  

As the pastor was saying-- it is good to have the scriptures in us. Let me present that from a different angle. May we have spent such valuable time in the scriptures getting to know Jesus, that He is so apart of who we are, SO in us. The goal is not scripture in you. The goal is Jesus in you. And the scriptures contain Him. 

The world is hungry for Him. And when we spend time with Him, and when we become like Him --the world then gets to taste and see that He is good. They will taste and see the Jesus in us. The Father in us.
And Jesus, Father-- is SO good.

Yes, please read the Bible.
Look for Jesus there.
He is our prize.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

I AM raised with Christ

Colossians 2:20-3:4

"Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to it's rules...These rules...are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations have an appearance of wisdom...but they lack any value in restraining...Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is."

The season of law is over. Christ has come. "Why, as though you still belong to the world, do you submit to it's rules?" You can't be in the presence of The Lord unless you have clean hands? No. That's before Christ. We no longer live there. We died with Christ and have been raised with Christ. Freely "set your hearts on things above, where Christ is." Come be with Him. Clean hands or not. The veil is torn. Come on in. Shift into His presence. 

Later--you'll find yourself cleaning your hands with Him.