From A Different View

From A Different View

“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and our real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

Life is real. There are times in life where things seem broken. When I say broken, I don’t just mean emotionally, but even physical things that are in your life. In one of the later Rocky movies, Sylvester Stallone’s character says to his son who is struggling in life:

Let me tell you something that you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!

I will be the first to say that my life is no different than yours. I am just a guy from Texas, not exceptionally talented, with a full plate of various things in my life that wear on me. I am filled with joy, because I have a personal relationship with Jesus and I will never have my worst day thanks to Christ dying for me on the cross. But let me be real and say that there have been many days where I sure felt like my worst day had arrived. On those days, I couldn’t understand where the sunshine went, because all I felt was the rain. Despite all of those days happening, each time I was reminded that I lost my focus. I was all too busy looking at all the wrong in my life. It is not wrong to recognize and be aware of real problems, but when we dwell on those things is when we realize how helpless we are. We are helpless when we look to our own strength to keep going, not when we focus on how our lives are found in Jesus. Jesus is how we will be able to persevere in the darkest times, because He has already given us the ‘W’.

In the Bible verses above, Paul, an leader and teacher, of Jesus, is writing to the church in Colosse while he is in prison. So, I would imagine that he had some pretty credible words encouraging people from inside prison. What Paul is talking about is where our focus should be as Christ followers. He is not denying the fact that life does have harsh realities at times; instead, he is reminding us that when we keep our focus on Jesus, then we are able to see things in a different perspective. We are able to see that THERE IS HOPE even when everything seems dark and hopeless. When we learn to see with an eternal perspective, THE STRUGGLES OF THIS LIFE DON’T DISAPPEAR; rather, they are seen in proper light. Those things no longer have the terrifying power that they once did. When we keep our eyes on Christ, and His promises, no obstacle is too great for us to overcome. When we take a step back, we realize that there is a much bigger picture that we belong to.

Perhaps you’re sitting there like, “Nick that’s cool and all but I don’t have this relationship with Jesus you keep talking about. Church has never been my thing. (Insert other reasons.)” You may be thinking of ‘x’ number of reasons why you can’t agree with what I am saying but it doesn’t change the fact that you have this missing piece in your life, an emptiness. But there’s a relationship that can fill that emptiness. This relationship is something that is there for you and will forever change your life if you simply ask Jesus to come into your life.

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