Even though you can’t have everything

A lot of people are experiencing a sense of loss right now.

-Many have lost jobs, money or mental calm.
-Many have lost experiences or opportunities.
-And many have lost a sense of control or composure.

Today I’m here to tell you that you can’t always have everything that matters, but you can have everything that matters most—specifically, the peace of Christ.

In Colossians 3:16 Paul writes: “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly…”

Dwell: We dwell in houses and countries. In a similar way, the message of Christ should DWELL among us. It should take up residence within us. It shouldn’t be an occasional visitor. It should DWELL among us.

Richly: This message of Christ should dwell among us RICHLY—not in a way that is cheap or shallow. It should overflow our thinking and actions.

Imagine driving toward a huge mountain. You’re excited to see and experience it. You know it has beautiful, shady trees, magnificent flowers and scents, fresh air, and a majestic, crystal river flowing down the side.

From a distance it looks small. But the closer you get, the bigger it gets. It hasn’t actually increased in size, of course. But the closer you get it seems to be getting bigger and bigger. You can see and smell and experience its royal splendour.

In a similar way, the closer we get to Christ and his message, the more powerfully we experience his richness, majesty, beauty and peace in our lives.

Read the Gospels. Reflect on Jesus’ words. Serve others in his name. Let the message of Christ DWELL among you RICHLY.

You can’t have everything that matters, but you can everything that matters most. His name is Jesus.

By Matthew Ruttan

–[New] “Losing it — but gaining the peace of Christ.” Today’s devotional is based on my latest sermon. Click here to watch it on YouTube.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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