“This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God’s people….And this is the secret: Christ lives in you.” (Colossians 1:26-27)

Sometimes, I wish I had just alittle more…

Time

  • There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day. There are a multitude of activities to fill the time, and 24 hours a day seems to get shorter and shorter every year.
  • There are work responsibilities, home responsibilities, school and athletic responsibilities for my children (and in turn for me.)
  • There just doesn’t seem to be enough time to get one child to tennis practice and another child to dance practice, and back across town to play practice, and dinner, and homework, and trying to spend even a minimal amount of time together.
    • That doesn’t even include trying to find time to see my spouse and at least say a quick hello, how was your day.
  • If there could just be alittle more time, then life would be complete.

Sometimes, I wish I had just alittle more…

Money

  • Don’t get me wrong, we have more than we deserve, and as much as we need. Sure, there are always bills, but bills are just apart of life.
  • But if I had just alittle more money, then I could take my spouse out to eat more, and buy a new pair of shoes sooner.
  • If I had just alittle more money, than we could splurge and stay an extra couple of days on vacation, or participate in an extra activity or excursion.
  • If I had just alittle more money, than we could go ahead and buy a new piece of furniture now, and not try to get by with the old one another year, or buy a nicer style car, instead of settling for a cheaper brand.

Sometimes, I wish I had just alittle more…

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You name it. Sometimes I wish I had just alittle more self-esteem, intelligence, beauty, friends, hope, health… The list goes on and on. For some reason, it’s really easy in our world or culture to feel like we just don’t quite measure up. Perhaps it’s peer pressure, that we know exists when we are children, but somehow we think magically disappears when we get older. Perhaps it’s marketing, commercials, and social media, and the never ceasing reminder that we don’t quite measure up, or we need just one more thing to be complete. Maybe it’s the fear of missing out that makes us wonder if in fact we might be missing out on a life that is truly magical.

Because of that, sometimes, I just feel like I need a little something more. I’m not sure I can name what that more is, but there is this feeling that if I had just one thing more, then I would be complete.

It’s sort of like a mystery

But then Paul reveals the mystery…or in reality God reveals the mystery.

The mystery is, Christ lives in you.

I feel like I’m missing something, and yet the something that I’m missing is already inside of me. I feel like there is a small piece of the puzzle that hasn’t quite been filled in, and then I am told that actually the puzzle is complete. I have this feeling that I’m missing out on something, and yet I’m not missing out at all, because Christ is in me.

If Christ is in me, than I have all I need.

If Christ is in me than I’m not missing out on anything.

If Christ is in me than I don’t really need something more. I don’t need more time, more money, more fame, power, or prestige. Because there’s nothing that time, or money, or any other item could give me that Jesus doesn’t fulfill. There’s no part of my life that could somehow be made whole if only I could grasp the great unknown (which in reality is idolatry), because the great unknown is already achieved with Christ in me. There’s nothing that can make life better, because what could really be better than knowing and experiencing Christ in me.

We spend so much energy searching after some great unknown out there, thinking the unknown will fulfill some unmet desire. But if we get “it” (whatever “it” is?) it won’t make us whole, because there’s always something more.

However, if we could grasp, not just in our heads, but in our hearts, that Christ lives in us. Not just a future reality. Not just in the abstract. But in the realness of life, then that reality would make all the difference.

This is the mystery, Christ lives in you. Rest in that truth. Find hope in that truth. Find peace in that truth. Find life in that truth. Christ lives in you.

Now, live for Christ.