Before we go any further, I think it’s important to be honest and up front: I do not want to write this blog. At all.
Whew, glad to get that off my chest.
I just feel, very strongly, like I need to write this damn blog, whether I want to or not. Have you ever disobeyed a nudging from the Spirit? The remorse afterwards… isn’t something I want to face. So here I am, writing when I’d rather be sleeping……
“Colossians 3” has been weighing heavily on my heart this week. Until today, it was no particular verse – just simply, “Colossians 3.” It’s one of my favorite passages of all of Scripture, and one of the few longer passages I have memorized (at this time).
The important thing to note here is that no particular verse was sticking out for me. In fact, during stressful times this week (I have moments, every few weeks, where I just need a break of some sort, and this has been one of those weeks), I just kept thinking, “Colossians 3.”
But I was so preoccupied with so many other things, I could never bring the actual passage to mind. There were several times where I’d quote a verse, think about it for a second, and realize, “that’s not from Colossians 3.” At one point, I was so off-base that I was reciting a Psalm. Like, that’s not even close.
So finally today, I got a moment of peace. I mean, really, I created a moment of quiet solitude during my day. And during this time, sitting in an almost empty cafe, I opened my Bible to Colossians 3. And there it was, clear as a bell. I love the whole passage, I really do – and there’s no doubt that I needed to check out those verses (about work and serving) at the end of the passage. But at this time, that’s not what the focus is.
Here’s what I was trying to search out in my heart this week:
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
**Somewhat irrelevant sidenote: because this is what I’ve written on Facebook as my “religion,” we’ll look at 3-4 (obviously my favorite verses of this passage): “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, Who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” Partially, I like these verses because they are so beautifully written. And by that, I am referring directly to the somewhat-complicated-but-correct punctuation. That turns me on a bit. 😉
Going back to the first 2 verses – this is what I had in mind all week. I know the verses by heart, and it’s exactly what He was calling me to reference multiple times this week. But did you catch what happened? I was literally so preoccupied by the things on this earth, that I couldn’t even bring to mind the comforting Scripture I was searching for! My heart was NOT set on things above, but rather on earthly things. Believe me, my heart was probably more of a problem than my mind this week, but let’s not disregard that point either.
If you don’t actively check your heart, as well as your mind, focusing on all that is great and lovely and worthy (Philippians 4:8), then you’ll end up like me. There were several times during this past week where the song “Oceans” came to mind – I felt like I was getting pulled under by my own worries and preoccupations (and things that don’t matter in the long run – eternal perspective), and instead of calling His Name, instead of turning my focus to Jesus, I was letting these things drown me. To be fair – I have been praying and making a valiant effort there -but my quiet time in Scripture was totally pushed aside in favor of earthly distractions and woes.
I’m so glad to have been nudged and pushed to read Colossians 3 this week – a refresher course is always beneficial. Different verses hit at different times – just a couple weeks ago, I was memorizing Psalm 46 (a passage that has given me comfort numerous times over the past year). There’s nothing as precious as “camping out” (as my discipleship leader calls it) in a certain passage of Scripture for an extended amount of time, and right now my focus is on Colossians 3: 1-2 (okay…and 3-4, but that’s for another time),
So now I’m focusing on Jesus and all His glory, and knowing that someday, I’ll be right there with Him – no stress, no thinking, no sadness – just worshipping at His feet for all eternity………
And I feel a lot better now that I’ve shared His message! (Now I can sleep well!)