All Things Integrated
Life, as it is meant to be.
We all tend to segment our lives.
Work Life. Home Life. Entertainment. Finances. Relationships. Spirituality.
We sometimes live as if one has no bearing on the others. But that is not the reality of our world and it is not how we are designed to live. Our Creator designed each of us uniquely and with a purpose. And we are meant to see the world accurately and live in proper relationship with God and with each other.
Dad-Joke Alert: The story is told of a child psychologist who spent many hours constructing a new driveway at his home. Just after he smoothed the surface of the freshly poured concrete, his small children chased a ball across the driveway, leaving deep footprints. The man yelled after them with a torrent of angry words. His shocked wife said, “You’re a psychologist who’s supposed to love children.” The fuming man shouted, “I love children in the abstract, not in the concrete!” [source]
Puns aside, we see the absurdity of the thinking here. Everything we say, think, or do is a reflection of who we are and has a direct bearing on our life and the lives of all around us.
In the first century, the Apostle Paul reminded his friends in Asia Minor, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through 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. 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." Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus Christ is Lord over all things. All things are "held together" by Him. He is sovereign over every inch of Creation. Whether someone believes this or not is irrelevant to its truth. It is the reality of our world either way. But for those who are redeemed, who hold a Biblical view of the world, and who are followers of Christ, this fact enables them to experience life as it was meant to be. A life of purpose, meaning, and joy.
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Follower of Christ:
What areas of your life are you segmenting away from the Lordship of Christ?
How can you yield those areas to Him today?
Do your lessons highlight the truth of God?
How can you show your students the centrality of Christ in each academic discipline?
Have you objectively considered the claims of Christ?
What's holding you back from following Him?