“To them God would make known what is the glorious riches of this mystery among the nations. It is Christ in you, the hope of glory, whom we preach, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present them perfect in Christ Jesus. In this I labor, striving according to His power, which effectively works in me.” Colossians 1:27-29
Christianity is a mystery. I realize many of us have tried to make it an exact science. We’ve marketed it, debated it, analyzed it, and dissected it to the point that we’ve made it more confusing than it was ever meant to be. Mysterious and confusing are two very different concepts.
Faith isn’t an exact science. Faith is a choice. I’ve never seen all the heavens, stars, planets, moons, etc., but I know they exist. My conviction in a good God of the universe is the same. While I haven’t seen Him, I know Him. While I haven’t touched Him, He has touched me.
My goal, my intent, is to make known this glorious mystery. The only way I can do that is to allow Christ into my life, into my thoughts, and into my intentions. I don’t want to market something. I am willing to debate if the debate is healthy and if, as these verses discuss, God receives the glory. He gets final billing, so to speak.
Preaching involves not only offering hope but providing a warning. As we teach, we must be willing to discuss the “what-ifs.” What if I’m out of His will? What if we are misrepresenting Him? What if I need to go back to the drawing board, His word, and rethink my convictions. If I am trying to sell a church or condone a lifestyle, I am not focusing on what really matters – Him.
His power must be our driving force. Not our opinion. Not our preferences. Not our politics. Not our religion. Not our hard-headedness or hard-heartedness. Him and only Him.
Christians do not do the world any favor if we attempt to present ourselves as the wise ones. My knowledge is based only on what He has revealed to me. Insisting that everyone see it my way has nothing to do with Him. It’s called, “ego,” not “wisdom.”
We are effective Christians when we keep the focus on the mystery of faith. We can say, “Job well done,” only when our words point to the Son, and only the Son.