Monday, April 17, 2017
All in All
Col. 3:5 Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7 These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life. 8 But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
The resurrection of Jesus Christ transformed everything. As Paul writes to the Colossians he reminds them what life lived in the resurrected Christ is to be like. No longer do we continue engaging in the activities that were a part of our previous life. Instead we are renewed and all the barriers of the world are destroyed. In Christ all divisions are absorbed. Participation in Christ results in renewal of the image of God. Christ becomes the all in all.
How easily do we throw around the phrase, “He is my all in all” without really thinking about what it means. The implications are astounding when we realize the results of resurrection power. Jesus broke down every barrier and created the possibility for every single person to be completely and totally united in him. It is in Christ that we discover what it means to be truly human. Jesus became fully human so that he could provide the pathway back for all of humanity to be restored in the image of God.
The divisions that humanity has created mean nothing when we are in Christ.
Complete and total dependence upon the risen Savior leads us to a place beyond our imagination. We are invited into participation with God through Christ. We are renewed and become more and more like Christ, reflecting him in our daily lives. Jesus really is all that we need. He is our all in all!
Lord, we continue to celebrate your resurrection power today. Please help me to participate with you today. Amen.