Skip to main content

Solve for "X"

Do you remember being in school as a kid and looking forward to that last bell of the school year - when you knew school was out for those summer months and you were going to 'luxuriate' in all the fun and games summer offered? It was different hearing that final bell at the end of the school year than all those bells announcing the end of a school day, wasn't it? It had a sense of 'freedom' or 'liberty' that you were excited to embrace. It meant you were going to be able to sleep in, frolic in the pool, have sleep overs, and even perhaps enjoy a family vacation somewhere. If you were honest, you almost were giddy with excitement at the possibilities laid before you with all that freedom at your fingertips! I wonder if we feel that same sense of anticipation and almost 'giddiness' with our freedom in Christ - the place where we lay down all the stuff that burdened us and then launch off into a new found freedom. It is a place where we find ourselves being told to 'go ahead' and then 'keep going', but do we really move forward, or do we march in place right where we have been?

My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. 
(Colossians 2:6-7)

We have been given so much in Christ Jesus, but do we go ahead with it? Do we embrace it fully and then put it into application within our lives? For example, we are given the peace of Christ, but do we always live in perfect peace? We are given liberty from our past sins, but do we let go of them? To 'go ahead', we have to move forward. We cannot march in place! We have to realize we have all the 'rooting' we need - but we may still need to grow a little bit, right? Does that mean we don't move forward? No, the tree that is well-rooted doesn't just settle for being a seedling - it sprouts more growth and allows the development of the growth it already has until the size of the trunk is massive and the boughs of the tree spread wide. Why? That is the purpose of the rooting - to grow!

Most of us 'know our way around the faith' pretty well, but what do we do with what we have been given? If we are marching in place, we are not spreading the wealth of that faith! We are hoarding it all up for ourselves and that isn't God's plan for us. We are to put our faith into daily practice. That means we are to pray for each other, minister to each other's needs, and build each other up in the faith. It also means we are to allow the love of Christ to touch those the world might label as 'unlovely'. Many will say they are a little reluctant to move out in faith. They don't think they 'have enough' faith. Truth be told, we have 'heard the last bell' and school's out! It is time for some of us to begin to live in the liberty we have been given instead of focusing so much on what we don't think we have yet. 

It is time for some of us to 'do what we have been taught' - to begin to live out the liberty we have been reading and studying about for quite some time. We don't actually understand the application of what we are studying until we are living with it being put to use in our lives daily. I never knew why I was forced to take Algebra in High School. It seemed like learning all those exponential equations was just kind of useless. I 'learned' how to solve for 'x', but did I realize how to actually use this type of equation in real life? Nope! Until one day in nursing school when a drug came up from the pharmacy and my instructor told me I needed to 'solve for x'. I looked at her in astonishment as she said I had this drug in this concentration and I needed this dose for the patient - solve for 'x'. 

"X" became a whole new thing to me at that point! It is quite possible we have been learning all manners of things in Christ's school, but until we are 'living it out' in our daily faith walk, we won't know what the real use of our faith is! Just sayin!


Popular posts from this blog

What did obedience cost Mary and Joseph?

As we have looked at the birth of Christ, we have considered the fact he was born of a virgin, with an earthly father so willing to honor God with his life that he married a woman who was already pregnant.  In that day and time, a very taboo thing.  We also saw how the mother of Christ was chosen by God and given the dramatic news that she would carry the Son of God.  Imagine her awe, but also see her tremendous amount of fear as she would have received this announcement, knowing all she knew about the time in which she lived about how a woman out of wedlock showing up pregnant would be treated.  We also explored the lowly birth of Jesus in a stable of sorts, surrounded by animals, visited by shepherds, and then honored by magi from afar.  The announcement of his birth was by angels - start to finish.  Mary heard from an angel (a messenger from God), while Joseph was set at ease by a messenger from God on another occasion - assuring him the thing he was about to do in marrying Mary wa

A brilliant display indeed

Love from the center of who you are ; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good. Be good friends who love deeply ; practice playing second fiddle. Don’t burn out; keep yourselves fueled and aflame. Be alert servants of the Master, cheerfully expectant. Don’t quit in hard times; pray all the harder. (Romans 12:9-12) Integrity and Intensity don't seem to fit together all that well, but they are uniquely interwoven traits which actually complement each other. "Love from the center of who you are; don't fake it." God asks for us to have some intensity (fervor) in how we love (from the center of who we are), but he also expects us to have integrity in our love as he asks us to be real in our love (don't fake it). They are indeed integral to each other. At first, we may only think of integrity as honesty - some adherence to a moral code within. I believe there is a little more to integrity than meets the eye. In the most literal sense,

Do me a favor

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care—then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand. (Philippians 2:1-4) Has God's love made ANY difference in your life? What is that difference? Most of us will likely say that our lives were changed for the good, while others will say there was a dramatic change. Some left behind lifestyles marked by all manner of outward sin - like drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution, or even thievery. There are many that will admit the things they left behind were just a bit subtler - what we can call inward sin - things like jealousy,