I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery! I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.” -Colossians 2:2-4
Last time I blogged, we were reminded by Paul to not over-complicate the message of Christ. Today, Paul explains this a little more and I believe alerts us to a trap that seems VERY prevalent in certain parts of the church today. There is this feeling, that if we can just “press into the presence of the lord” then we will have “breakthrough”. It becomes, as The Message puts it, “a wild goose chase after other so-called mysteries”. For me, this just makes God seem unreachable to people. You don’t see Paul doing this, spending hours soaking in the presence of the Lord so that one day he might have the spiritual anointing to do something for God! How ridiculous! Listen to what Paul says:
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
I think, in part, Paul has answered why some do this. Have you ever known someone who seems to be a forever student? I am not talking about someone who keeps going back to school to brush up, but rather the person that never really leaves school and starts to live life. That is kind of what Paul is talking about here. I think that sometimes we subconsciously feel that we can postpone really getting out there and living the life God has called us to by locking ourselves in the church building and trying to find the next big “breakthrough”.
I believe this: If you want to experience REAL breakthrough in God, you will have to take a step of faith. You will have to leave your comfort zone. You will have to serve him in a tangible way. You will have to do something that you truly need Him for. So what is it for you? Please don’t waste you life in Christ seeking after some mystical experience in Christ. If you are born again, the real Christ lives in you today! You have all that you need to walk and live in His power and Glory today! Just take that step.