Daily D – Colossians 1:27
God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (CSB) COL. 1:27
Bob Seger walked out of the movie American Graffiti and thought, “I have a story to tell, too.” He sat down and wrote what would become Rolling Stone Magazine’s Song of the Year for 1977, Night Moves. The radio and album versions of the song differ slightly, as was the norm in the days of Top 40 radio. The album version contains a wistful line set to silence and a repeating bass line:
I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain’t it funny how the night moves
When you just don’t seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in
Bob Seger, Night Moves, 1976
This is this song which gives us the memorable line, “working on mysteries without any clues.”
Alicia Silverstone was in a 1995 movie entitled Clueless. Having never seen anything but the reviews of the movie, I cannot comment on its relative merits. However, it appears that it provides a pretty good description of most people today when it comes to things which truly matter. People who are experts on everything in People Magazine are truly clueless about world events and the United States Constitution.
Trust me when I tell you I am not about to begin shouting, “Get off my lawn!” The point, and yes there is one, is that so many people are so nonchalant about matters of fact and truth
Most people would come closer to believing Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) than the Apostle Paul. They prefer mystery fiction to “the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints,” (v. 26).
We do not need a secret code or special glasses to rightly interpret and apply the Bible. We need the good sense God gave us and the insights his Spirit provides when we truly seek him. Then we discover the mystery Paul wrote about all along was about the coming of Jesus. Even more, it is about us trusting Jesus for salvation and becoming what Paul describes as “in Christ.” This is his favorite term for our salvation.
Consider 2 Cor. 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!”
The true mystery is why everyone is not in Christ. Many people claim to be. Many others hope it all works out in the end somehow without any participation on their part now.
There is “glorious wealth” in this mystery of “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” This wealth is not measured in dollars and cents. This glory is not about you on a stage with bright lights and fawning fans. Why settle for trinkets? There is richness which cannot be counted by bankers or measured by jewelers. There is beauty beyond the ability of genetic combination or cosmetic illustration.
In this mystery of living in Christ, there are new discoveries every day. There are new adventures. There is a new destiny.
Those who work on mysteries without any clues can exchange that futility for daily doses of truth which make life ever more glorious. Living in Christ truly is The Great Adventure.
I will live the great adventure in Christ.
Our Father, thank you for facts and truth. Thank you for wisdom and guidance. Thank you for leading us along this great adventure. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.