I have so many great memories of my wife’s dad, he was quite a character. One story we like to tell – and remember quite often – is his insistence on having his coffee cup full all the way to the top. He didn’t want to miss a sip! That kind of enthusiasm for a good thing is how the Apostle Paul talks about Christ in the letter to the Colossians. I think there are too many Christians who are content with a sip, when Christ wants us to be filled up and faithful!
We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives…” Colossians 1:9b
That Christ was filled with God, and that we are filled with Christ is one of the rich teachings to ponder in Colossians. The merging of the divine and human is demonstrated in Christ, but also in our experience with Him. “Christ in you, the hope of glory” is one of those expressions that tells us that in indwelling Christ is not present in small sips, but fills us to overflowing. I know you may not feel that you are overflowing with the presence of Christ, but this is not about feelings. It is about the truth beyond our feelings.
To be filled up and faithful is described in several ways by Paul to the Colossians:
…You received Christ Jesus as Lord… Colossians 2:6
…having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12
…God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins… Colossians 2:13
…Your life is now hidden with Christ in God… Colossians 3:3
…Christ is all, and is in all. Colossians 3:11b
Christians have received Christ, been buried with Him, raised with Him, made alive with Him, and hidden in Him! With Christ fully present in me …and you…
*Seek His will in every disagreement.
*Seek His perspective in every dilemma.
*Seek His words for every discouragement.
*Seek His forgiveness for every shortcoming.
*Seek His strength for every weak moment.
Remind yourself throughout the day that there is no shortage of the presence of Christ with you at any moment. That is His promise. You, because of Christ, have the strength to live a life filled up a faithful. I encourage you to take 20 minutes and read through Colossians once again.
Thanks for reading.