So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:1-2 Message
I like the terminology in this translation. It’s so descriptive of us in our everyday lives, so absorbed with what we see, hear and feel that we miss the amazing life God has designed for us to live. We allow our vision to remain downward instead of focused on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith and race.
Have you ever watched runners? They’ve been trained to look ahead, not at their feet. Runners are forward focused.
We as runners in the Kingdom of God are designed to be focused on others, not on our own problems. Watching for opportunities to show love, to pray for and introduce them to the magnificent power of God. How will they know without teachers, and the most important lessons are observed.
Take a moment when you step into your marketplace, your workplace and your neighborhood. Be aware of the many opportunities out there. Don’t be focused on the floor in front of you and your agenda in being there. Look around and ask the Spirit of God to show you why you’re there at that time, for He has surely brought you into the Kingdom for His benefit, His purpose and not your own.
Live where the action is on purpose. Jesus said the Kingdom of God isn’t about eating, drinking and having a fun time. It’s about getting involved in God’s agenda, His plans and purposes full time. Not when we feel like it, but learning to surrender and be His even when we don’t.
Let’s learn to live where the rubber meets the road. Let’s learn to interact with the Holy Spirit on not just a daily basis, but a moment by moment, action packed adventure that no one can orchestrate but Him.
I love The Message translation too, Sandy. Eugene Peterson is a Greek and Hebrew scholar who has also served as a pastor. I love the down to earth way he translates God’s Word.
God is always at work; we need only be observant and willing to join on His activity.
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