“Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:11
Do you ever get so caught up in the busyness of life that your priorities get shifted? I do. I get so focused on getting the next job so I can pay the never-ending demands of bills, that I forget my purpose.
Jesus said that because He came and died for us we could live an abundant life…and that means here, not just in eternity.
So sometimes I let my meaning of abundant life overshadow Jesus’ meaning. When I think of abundant I want abundance. Yes, ever flowing money to meet all of my wants and then some.
And yes Jesus does want us to live in the freedom of a stress free life and in this world that often means an excess of money. But I can honestly say that I have been more joyful during times of need then when I’ve had more than enough.
It’s because during those times I’ve had to rely solely on God to meet all of my needs. I’ve had to focus on Him instead of my problems, because if I didn’t I would be a complete wreck. And by focusing on God and not me, I found joy because God is greater than any problem I will ever have.
And to be honest, focusing on me is just plain boring. God is simply amazing and continues to wow me. Without Jesus I’m just blah.
Right now I’m in a time where I need to keep looking to God for sustenance. I need Him desperately to fill me with strength and courage and boldness. God has to come through for me on a daily basis or I will crawl back in my cocoon and raise the white flag of surrender to the world’s pressures.
But I am reminded that Christ is all that matters. We are called to be in the world but not of the world. We have to deal with the issues we face, but we don’t have to surrender to the materialistic, self-absorbed mindset of our society. We need to be Kingdom-focused.
Our main purpose as Christians is to guide people to Jesus. Our lives should be a living testimony of how God has changed us from the inside out. We should be the happiest people on this earth. The joy of the Lord should exude from us. We should be incapable of keeping silent about Jesus.
Christ is all that matters. This place is temporary for us, just a blip on the timeline of our lives. We all have problems, and yes some are extreme, and yes I’ve been through some strength zapping times.
But I’m choosing to believe that Christ is all that matters. I can get through anything because Jesus said I was important enough to die for. And He said that about you too.
So what will you believe? I hope you will decide that Christ is all that matters