This Moment

Posted: October 22, 2019 in Meditations
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Colossians 3:1–17 (NIV): 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.  12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Each moment we exist, our lives must cry out, “Christ is all, and is in all.” To live is Christ. Too many conversations center around the word “what “ rather than “who”. Aziz Ansari, a wildly successful actor and comedian got taken down by the METoo movement. Two years later, he’s making a comeback. He spoke these words to an audience. “All that stuff, it can just go away. All we really have is the moment we’re in and the people we’re with.” This moment is not merely what we have; this moment is all we need! Christ is our sufficiency in each moment, gifted to us for God’s glory and pleasure. When our neediness gets swallowed up into God’s infinite goodness we proclaim, “Christ is all that matters.”
God in all, this is where any ministry must begin. Humility is the indispensable virtue for every Christian. It is also the virtue that must age. Pride reigns in our hearts; spiritual pride always threatens the existential well-being of the church. Humility is the product of surrender and sustained relationship with God. It is the artful transformative work of the Holy Spirit. I decrease that he might increase. I love out of God’s infinite goodness, not out of my neediness. Disposition is everything. Desires change. Actions change. I now walk in partnership with my senior partner, the Holy Spirit. I am a vessel of his purposes, moment by moment, and I know only good can come from it.
Am I good at this? Man’s response will vary from derision to awe. From my heart, I would say, I’m awkward. I still war with pride of every variety. My trust can be wobbly, my fears haunt and chide my soul. Still, the faithfulness of God amasses trust within me, moment by moment, day by day. Fears and failures no longer paralyze me. Faith and trust are two sides of the same coin. God’s faithfulness breeds trust. Faith builds on faith. None of this happens apart from God. Seize this moment, this day. Be bold. Christ is all that matters.

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