Gaining Proper Focus
Have you ever struggled after being in a dark room for a large period of time to going into a room full of light? If you have, you can imagine what people face when they have been trapped in a mine for a long period of time and then rescued and brought up into the bright sunshine. Just imagine living in darkness and then being rescued and placed in the light and the adjustments that you would have to make so you can see and live properly. Please read Colossians 1:13-20. As you read Colossians 1:13 you notice that it is God the Father who himself has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. This going from living in spiritual darkness to living in spiritual light takes some adjustments on our part. We can no longer live the way we used to. The old person will decrease and the new person will increase in the Lord as the adjustments are made to living and walking in the light as Jesus himself is in the light. Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. Jesus has existed with God the Father and God the Spirit in eternity past long before the creation of the heavens and the earth came into existence. The gospel of John opens this way: In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life and the life was the light of men. So, when we read in Genesis 1:26-27 that God made man in the image and like of God, it is no problem for Jesus to take on humanity when he was born of the virgin Mary. Even Ezekiel was the Lord sitting on his throne in human likeness. (Ezekiel 1:26) As the only begotten Son of God he has been given the right of the firstborn. He has been given all sovereignty to bring about the council of God’s will, plan and purposes. The apostle Paul reminds the Roman believers this truth in Romans 11:36 “For from him and through him and to him are all things.” Getting a proper focus on who Jesus is and what he is doing helps us to submit to his Lordship if we have been placed in his kingdom. Every person who has been transferred into the kingdom of Jesus Christ will have the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit to help them make the adjustments necessary to walk in humble obedience to the Lord’s commands as found in his word and to know his will so that they can know the joy of living in the kingdom of God. Have you been transferred from the domain of darkness to the kingdom of the Son? Are you making the adjustments to who Jesus really is?