God’s Word for Today: Shed.
Colossians 1:19-22. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.
There is a lot being said in today’s verse. It is very deep, powerful, and of upmost importance. Let us shed some light.
The photo today shows a particular tree in our yard. My apologies for not taking the photo when the sun was shining and all the brilliance of color was in full force. But today, it is rather damp and foggy. Everything is kind of sad and droopy. Ever felt like that? I know days when I feel just like that tree looks today.
The beautiful red flowers or blooms or bulbs on this tree remind me of inverted bells on a Christmas tree. They are pretty awesome. But, it is now Fall in Paraguay. Some of the trees are starting to shed. This particular tree sheds these red bells of delight for what seems like an eternity. They just keep accumulating on the ground. But that is OK.
When I first started raking and gathering the continual shedding from this tree, the smell of the red bells, even made my hands smell good. So, in my genius moment, I decided that instead of disposal of this sweet smelling redness, I would pile it along the edges of the yard, enjoy the brilliant red color, and fill the yard with fragrance. Potpourri on a grand scale.
Good plan in theory, not so good of a plan in practice. Within 2 days, the fresh, wonderful smelling red bells were turning a rotten brown to black color. The nice smell was gone. There was a reason the tree was shedding its beauty. My potpourri plan was discarded. Along with the piles of stink and rot. What a nasty mess.
We need to shed too. God knew, as imperfect humans, we would accumulate baggage just like the tree with red bells. At first, our coverings of life’s lessons and mistakes seem OK. After all, we are human. Things happen. But after a while, the weight of life makes us look and feel like this tree on a damp and foggy morning. Sure, we will make it through. But how much better will it be if we can get rid of the extra foliage of life that is making us sag?
Jesus started the shedding process for us. He shed his blood for you and me. God gave Jesus every bit of power, strength, wisdom, and beauty that God himself had. Then, He took all this glory and humbly broke it down to nothing. Then, shed the weight of the world to lay and rot on the ground.
Except, that is not the end of the story. Jesus didn’t remain dead and rotting. God reached down, and brought Jesus home. The same way God will reach down and bring you home.
Today, know that you are going to have to shed. There are many facets of our life that appear pretty, brilliant, and appealing. And, for a time they are. But sooner or later, it will be necessary to rid yourself of all the red bells. The weight is just too much. To stand tall in your brilliance that God designed you for, you will need to shed the remnants of past wrongs. This way, you can be presented to God, through Jesus, without blemish, and free from all accusation……………
Prayer: Dear Lord creator of all beauty. Thank you for making me beautiful too. Forgive me for the beauty that I seem to turn into rot and ugly. Today, help me to shed this from my life. I need your perfect cleansing God. Help me to shed. In Jesus’, who shed his own blood for my life everlasting, name I pray. Amen and amen.