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Good Gospel-Riddance

“You must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice … since you have taken off your old self… and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.” Col. 3:8-11

Lord Jesus, we start our day pondering the last phrase in this passage from Paul: “But Christ is all, and is in all.” That’s the whole, holy-enchilada. You are “all”—all that really matters. You are our Lord and life, our righteousness and holiness, our peace with God and hope of heaven.

How do we forget that? How do you, and everything we have in you, get “bumped” to the back of the line of things that matter to us? Many things mattered to the “Gentiles and Jews, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarians and Scythians, slaves and free,” Paul mentions here.

But through the Gospel, their “price tags” changed, and they got rid of some nasty attitudes. Compared to the “surpassing excellency of knowing you” (Phil. 3:8), yesterday’s riches became today’s rubbish. Jesus, do that in us… again.

We’ve slipped back into thinking of ourselves, and each other, by votes, masks, colors (Red//Blue); by our rights rather, than our calling; and by our “old self,” rather than our “new self.” Forgive us, and free us, Jesus. Be our “all.” So very Amen we pray, in your most holy and loving name.

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