6 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — Colossians 1:22

  1. It’s a theme that He’s been impressing on me this week as well. My memory verses for last week were: “Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things and revive me in Your way. Establish Your Word to Your servant who is devoted to fearing You. Turn away my reproach which I dread, for Your judgments are good. Behold, I long for Your precepts; revive me in Your righteousness.”

    I’m so thankful that it’s all about Him, and not me. Dressed in a robe of righteousness, I can indeed sing, “faultless to stand before the throne… on Christ the solid Rock I stand!”

  2. In a recent Bible Study group a firefighter added a striking simile perspective to Colossians 2. When Paul is describing the need to have our roots go deep into our faith, it evokes unshakeable steadfastness. This firefighter responds to car accidents all of the time. He said, “This passage reminds me of the counter-intuitive nature of things. When a car crashes into a steel light pole, it can sheer the very 2 inch bolts from the base and topple a 30 ft steel pole. But, if a ford truck slams into a tree, the tree doesn’t move – it withstands the force of impact and the vehicle is left destroyed. This is how my faith has been since growing in Christ. Before, any little question, doubt or attack could knock me off my path – but now, as my roots go deeper, nothing can shake me from Christ.”

    Powerful.

  3. …amen brother. You are in a lumberyard for some reasons I am sure–and there is nothing wrong with that—Paul wasn’t above it. And you are a gifted writer and bible teacher Jim.

  4. Extra — Thanks for the encouragement. Even someone as (usually) optimistic as I am needs to hear they have a reason for being where they are. I find that even though I try to be content in whatever circumstance I find myself, I’m still pressing on for more. Its a delicate balance, and I’m learning it better as I grow older.

    Bleeder — That is an excellent example of growing strong in Christ. I’m going to use it. It also reminds me of Hebrews 12:15, where the author warns about letting bitter roots cause trouble and defile the body. Our roots can grow deep in God or deep in bitterness. Either one can be a stronghold.

    Heather — It is always good to see how the Holy Spirit is using similar themes in people’s lives. Thanks for the reminder.

  5. “the difference between our position in Christ and our experience with Christ”…powerful Pastor, powerful! Thanks again for pastoring your youtube flock.

  6. Wow… here I thought you were an atheist. You left a comment on my blog a bit ago and I am now just getting over here to see who left the comment. I surely thought the comment was left by a sarcastic non-believer. NEVER JUDGE 🙂 Anyway, I love your thought process and will continue to read your stuff… am adding you to my blog roll.

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