“Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ,
keep seeking things above, where Christ is,
seated at the right hand of God.”
Colossians 3:1 NASB
Just before this verse, Paul warns the believers of some of the rules of the world that “lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.” (2:7 NIV) In our focus verse, Paul reminds his readers they were raised with Christ and they are to continue pursuing heavenly ideals, the things God has for them. These words apply to us in the 21st Century as well.
Recently, a friend received an answer to prayer that the whole church heard the result of. She had a concern for one area of the building that gets a lot of use. The trustees had voted to take care of the issue.
My friend trusts God for everything. I know she prayed about this issue and placed it in His hands. She models Christ before her family and those around her. As the Chairman of the Trustees said the words, we were both so excited we started elbowing each other as we sat there, unable to contain our joy. An announced special offering will be taken to cover the cost of this needed project.
When we seek God’s guidance for any need, we give it to Him and allow Him to work through the parts we find difficult. By approaching God, we take it out of our hands and wait for Him to take care of all the roadblocks that would transpire if we worked in our own strength.
I relearned a great lesson that Sunday:
1.) God is in control.
2.) He works out things in His timing.
3.) When these first two points are kept in mind, God makes it easy to progress through the issues of our lives.