Thursday, April 17, 2014

Life In Living Color!

Therefore I love your commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold. Therefore I esteem all your precepts concerning all things to be right; (Psalm 119:127-128)  

The thing I have always appreciated about the Bible is that when great truth is given, God frequently incarnates the truth in lives with whom we can identify. He doesn't stop at theory as He teaches us about the abstract importance of faith. He mentions Abraham as a model "who staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief." 

He doesn't just talk about standing alone and being people of character and resiliency---He gives us Elijah. He shows us the prophets because we have much greater difficulty identifying with abstract truth. We can, however, identify with people. . . . 

God doesn't just say, "You ought to forgiven." He gives us Joseph, who forgave his brothers for their mistreatment of him. God paints His heroes "warts and all." Since there are scars and a dark side to every life, we're not shielded from the Jonahs and the Samsons, from the pride of the King Sauls or the adultery of the King Davids. We see it in a raw, living color. 

Living on the Ragged Edge 

Life in living color can be full of surprises. There's no ifs, ands, or buts about that! The contrast of color in a persons life will vary. The colors in a person's life will vary anywhere from as colorful and vibrant as those in the picture above to as dark and sinister as those of storm clouds gathering for destruction. Nevertheless, those colors are alive and well in that person's life. 

The irony of it all is that life in Christ is not always as colorful as the picture shown above. The colors from time to time will be extremely dark and bleak. When we think about Christian persecution, will the colors in your mind be cheerful and bright or dark and bleak? Can they be both? It's all about your perspective and what God enables you to see through His eyes. More often than not, the colors of our lives in Christ will change from one extreme to another like the various seasons of the year in the United States and other parts of the world. 

When you stop and take the moment to take a really good look at your life, what colors would you be able to see? If you can relate your life to the four seasons we experience in the United States, in what season of your life would you consider your life to be? Would it be Winter? Spring? Summer? Fall? 

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' precious name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)