It’s More Than A Story…

Posted: April 19, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Yesterday i shared a story about apples that illustrated my position in Colossians 3. It is so much more than just an apple story. i have imagined myself in each one of the positions that make up the story.

“We lay there and looked up at the night sky and she told me about stars called blue squares and red swirls and I told her I’d never heard of them. Of course not, she said, the really important stuff they never tell you. You have to imagine it on your own.”  ―    Brian Andreas

Imagine: to form mental images of things not present to the senses.

Imagine for a moment that i have been the bruised apple. That’s not a stretch for me as i most definitely have been. Having been knocked out of my position and left to roll around in life seemingly at the moment without any regard. Hurt, wounded, lost without anyone to turn to and absolutely no ability to get myself back up to where i belong. This makes the case for having the right people in my life. It’s so that there are those who will pick me up and help put me back in place. And what a reminder that Jesus paid the price for me as a bruised apple.

Lesson – In Zechariah 2:8 it says, For thus said the Lord of hosts, after [His] glory had sent me [His messenger] to the nations who plundered ed—for he who touches you ed, touches the apple or pupil of His eye:

Imagine that there are other people in my life who are bruised apples. Again this is not difficult for me to imagine as i see at least one of them almost every day. This reminded me that people do not care how much i know, they want to know how much i care. Am i there for them should they get knocked to the ground and kicked between the shuffle of unaware feet. Am i watching out for bruised apples?

Lesson“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”  ―    Jess C. Scott

Imagine feeling blind and that people were just racing past me. Like i am invisible. Yes this to is not hard to visualize as i have experienced what it’s like to be passed by. That others whom i thought were close to me and they have disappeared from my life without a trace as though i died. Recently i have been challenged with the idea of being satisfied to be just a simple creation of God. i am learning how to be separated from my outward condition, how to be destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor, and not be just satisfied, but to be grateful to be simply HIS as it’s described in Luke 6:20.

LessonAnd solemnly lifting up His eyes on ed as one of His disciples, He said: Blessed (happy—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition—and to be envied) are you ed who is poor and lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is yours!

Imagine being those guys racing to get somewhere without consideration for others and what mess my whirlwind was leaving. Once again this is not hard for me to remember those times in my life when i was racing, pushing, to accomplish my position in life as part of the work force, as a husband, as a father, as a man.

Lesson – 1 John 2:15-17 says, ed i don’t want you to love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting ed’s own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates ed from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but ed who does what God wants is set for eternity.

Imagine being able to say that i have been the guy who stayed behind to help clean up a mess created by others. Wow, this one is exceptionally easy. This is where i have spent most of my time for the past 6 years, trying to help clean up the mess in people’s lives. There are all these apples being kicked around on the ground as a result of careless people being in too much of a hurry to get where they are going.

Lesson – Philippians 2:1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life ed, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you ed, if you have a heart, if you care ed,— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push ed’s way to the front; don’t sweet-talk ed’s way to the top. Put ed aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting ed’s own advantage. Forget ed long enough to lend a helping hand.

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”  ―    Saul Bellow

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  1. Ann Marie says:

    I DON’T even know where to start…this blogs moves me in so many directions. I TRULY DESIRE to be the one who not only goes back to pick up the apples but ignite others TO BE the type of people that would NEVER have walked away from the mess to begin with. I want to be the person who didn’t rush by the blind apple vendor but STOPPED and talked to her and bought an apple from her to be a blessing. I want to be BETTER at being PROACTIVE so I don’t have to GO BACK and clean up my messes.
    GREAT BLOG! .GREATER LIFE LESSONS!!!!!!

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