YOU DO not seek to become an expert in religion. Your goal is not to give lofty speeches or show off how much you know.
Instead, you wish to live well.
Not in the sense of worldly comforts, but you wish to live well in a deeper sense. You seek the fullness of peace that comes from the Creator.
But why? How did this desire take shape?
It happens when you come to know the person of Jesus Christ. Not only his teachings and concepts about him, but you know the Lord Jesus as man.
You have come to know him as he came down to your level.
To hurt with you. To suffer for you. To cleanse your feet in service to you.
He served you faithfully, even unto death.
And after an encounter with the Resurrected, the One that gives you the words of eternal life, nothing is ever the same again.
You are not the same.
How could you be when God revealed himself to you in such an intimate way?
How could you be when he washed away your shame with his own life blood?
And now, you harvest the fruits of faithfulness.
Things in your life have improved. You’ve found a clarity and direction you never knew was possible. You discovered truths you could never learn even if you spent a lifetime studying at the best universities on earth.
The school of God is taught by Word and Spirit in the classroom of experience.
You have faced the darkest of times, maybe even the darkest version of yourself.
Clouds gathered over you and within you. You trembled in fear.
Life unfolded in a way that made you question everything, all things. The structures you relied upon disintegrated and left you hanging in mid air.
Work came and went. The children grew. People got sick. You lost loved ones. Hurt and struggle you never saw coming pushed their way into your life.
Still, you held on tight to your faith.
The bread that is Christ sustained you. Solid food for the soul.
And when all seemed lost and a towering wall of impossibility rose up, the light broke through.
You gained knowledge of God by identifying with Christ, the suffering servant.
He did not come to change things through worldly power or control. Instead, he offered himself as a living sacrifice.
The mercy and peace that pour out from his wounds are irresistible to those that thirst and hunger.
And in him, you find rest.
In the struggle, you see, hurt, and feel with the eyes and heart of Christ as you are united to him in the Spirit.
He becomes flesh in you.
And in a land of desolation, you find meaning and purpose. You trust and love beyond your limits.
Here, in the new Eden, the dead rise again to glorify God.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
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Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.Colossians 1:9-14
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