Scripture: Philippians 4-Colossians 2
This one is a little different. We'll actually read all three chapters today. The Churches at Collosae are one of the ones referred to in the opening chapters of Revelation. There is much dispute over authorship with both those pro-Paul and against him, but for more information see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epistle_to_the_Colossians
I really liked Colossians. Honestly, before I re-read this piece, I'm not sure I could have told you much about the book. Sure I could quote you some verses, but I would have had little to say other than that. What I loved was the assertion that Christ is king and Lord and eternal, but that we have issues when we fall into the traps of the world. I loved 1:15 and 17, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the one who is first over all creation." "He existed before all things, and all things are held together in him." And then compare that with 2:8 and 2:18-19, the conversations about not looking to worldly or other spiritually distant things.
Too often I let the things of this world get to me. Sometimes I want to believe that the superstitions people tell me are true. That the folklores are right. But then, I remember that my being is centered around Christ. Around who Christ made me to be. Around who Christ made the world to be. That hymn in Colossians 1 really helped me make sense of my world, and remind me who I belong to. Its time to forget my reliance on the world, and take up the cross of Christ.
Christ--Be my everything. Let all that binds me to this world, fall away. Let all that keeps me connected to the world vanish. Let me never forget who I am in you. Let me never forget your power or your love. Let me never forget you.