All things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn
from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
Christ is all, and is in all.
Colossians 1:16-18, 3:11
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms
with every spiritual blessing in Christ Jesus. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world.
The Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
But God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God,
which he has given about his Son.
1 John 5:9
Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. – John 6:45
If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God.
John 7:17, emphasis added
Our Father God has only one story. Everything God has worked and is working is orchestrated to
unfold the story of Jesus Christ. Whether it be creation, the Holy Spirit, Holy Scripture, the cross,
Christians, the church, heaven – all are meant to present and implement God’s story of Jesus Christ.
History is none other than His story of Christ. And we are called to be included in God’s Jesus story
by receiving, knowing and living Jesus self! However, if we do not purposefully choose to truly love,
know and live Jesus, then we will exclude ourselves from sharing in God’s infinite riches and glory.
If we choose to commit our all to loving, knowing and living Jesus, then by grace through the Holy
Spirit we will increasingly reap God-level riches and glory such as:
- Abundantly enjoying and experiencing God in Person and in action, living by God self in practice.
- Being truly set free from our captivity to sin, self, selfishness, religion and worldly ways.
- Having Jesus-level love, joy, peace, wisdom, hope, wholeness, energy, fullness, and fulfillment.
- Living by grace alone, in line with God’s goals and God’s divine workings for us and through us.
- Faithfully allowing the establishment of God’s sovereign reign on earth in us and through us.
All of the divine blessings which our Father God has prepared for us can only be received and
experienced through Christ self through the work of the Holy Spirit. Therefore it is absolutely crucial
that we should choose to focus our all on Jesus. Heart, mind, energy, time – everything! – firmly set
on loving, knowing, and living Jesus Christ.
Sufficiently meditate on Ephesians 1:3, 2:6-7; John 1:16-18, 10:10, 14:6,20, 15:4-5; 1 John 5:11-12,20-21; Romans 5:10,17,11:36-12:2, 13:14; Galatians 2:20, 6:14-16 / 2 Corinthians 5:17-18, 13:4-5; Colossians 1:27-28, 3:3-4,11; Philippians 1:21, 3:7-11.
We need to clearly understand that the course of our living and loving is determined by our daily
choices. God designed us and allows us to make our own choices all the time. Choosing what food
we like and choosing which clothes we want to put on. Choosing whom we want to associate with,
and choosing what words we want to say. We get to choose how we want to spend our time,
energy and money. Even in a bad situation we can still choose to have a good attitude!
We have the choice whether we want to totally believe God, or not. We get to choose if we want to
truly know and follow Christ, or not. We choose to be wholly and passionately devoted to Jesus self,
or not. Faith in God is linked to the choice to believe God. Obedience to God hinges on the choice
to obey God. Sin starts with the choice to sin; and keeping on sinning is due to the choice to do so.
Committing our all to loving, knowing and living Jesus comes by choice. Sufficiently meditating on
God’s Word – and fully taking it to heart and into our living – will only happen if we choose to do it.
Living by God’s Word through faith in obedience can only happen through God’s sovereign grace,
but it will not come apart from our choice. Our commitments to God need to be sustained by a
constant choice to keep it up. Half-hearted choices are meaningless and don’t bear any lasting fruit.
So that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ. – Philippians 1:20-21
*The Holy Spirit implements Jesus Christ is our All and in all*