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Incarnation of Christ - Forward - April 5, 2018

Incarnation of Christ

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Today's passage: Colossians 1:15-20

For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

Reflect

Do I have a wrong or incomplete perception of who God is?

Am I trying to define God in a way that's comfortable for me?

How can I grow to appreciate the bigness of God without manipulating Him into something else?

Sometimes in our efforts to grow in our relationship with God, we end up diminishing Him. We try to contain God, to define Him in such a way that our limited human perceptions can understand Him. Yet when we try to squeeze God into a limited human definition, we miss the very essence of God as the Creator, Overseer, and Sustainer of all things seen and unseen in Heaven and here on Earth. God is big, yes. God is, in some ways, incomprehensible. But rather than overwhelm us or distance us from Him, that knowledge should inspire awe and reverence for God as the One who holds all things together, now and forever.

Respond

Ask for change: Lord, I don't want to box You in to a definition that's comfortable for me. Help me approach You with awe and reverence and know that it's okay not to understand all Your ways.

Consider what's real: In Revelation 1:8, God declares, "I'm A to Z. I'm The God Who Is, The God Who Was, and The God About to Arrive" (The Message). In many ways, our linear minds cannot comprehend a Being who is concurrently now, in the past, and in the future. It doesn't make sense; it doesn't compute. But that's the very essence of God: He traverses all eternity; nothing, absolutely nothing, is possible without God. We're not supposed to "get" that entirely, because we're not God.

Additional verses to consider: Psalm 90:1-4, Revelation 1:8

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