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Eyes firmly fixed on Christ

by Nathan Stewart last modified Jan 15, 2016 05:56 AM

I wrote previously of how my wife, Tomoko, a newcomer to Christ and to Australia, had exposed my spiritual blindness. My sight of Christ’s glory had grown so dim that instead of being shocked by dishonour done to Christ I had grown used to the darkness.

In Colossians 1, we learn that the faithful have been “delivered from the domain of darkness” into “the kingdom of his beloved Son.” Paul is so caught up by the beauty he sees in this new land that he can’t help but start gushing about the glory of it’s king. So he paints a glorious picture for us all to see the greatness of God’s son, Jesus, and the peace bought by his blood. He concludes in verse twenty one, “And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him.”

So we were foreigners and enemies to God but now he sees us as holy, blameless and above reproach. This all by the blood of our Lord Jesus. That is why Tomoko, coming from Japan, a land of idol-worship was shocked to find followers of Jesus who seemed to be giving honour to idols and dishonour to the word of God.

Now that we can see the truth clearly, Paul wants us to live up to it. When we have a clear vision of Christ we must live to honour him. Look at verse ten: “we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way.”

So what would living to honour Christ look like to us? Is it enough for us to avoid owning statues of Christ? Paul says a life that honours Christ is like a fruitful tree planted in full view of the light. From v10, “bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.”

Just as a fruit tree thrives on light, so we who share in the inheritance that belongs to Christ will thrive when we are exposed to the light of his kingdom. If you have trusted Jesus to save you, then he is alive in you and you should commit yourself again each day to live to honour him.

But how is your spiritual eyesight? Are you reading your Bible every day? Are you reading it together with others. Perhaps family or friends. Why not make a point of meeting with a friend each week to read the Bible together?

When you read the Bible, alone or with others, remember to pray to God that you will grow in him. Perhaps you need to pray for more strength to be patient and to be able to endure whatever he asks of you?

Do you keep a firm gaze on all that Christ has done for you even suffering death on the cross? Every time you see this, remember to thank him joyfully. Finally, will you pray today for God to perform a check-up on your spiritual eyesight so that you won’t lose sight of the glory of Christ.