Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Byron Amundsen

Mystery Revealed

Colossians 1:25-27 NIV
25 I have become its [the church’s] servant by the commission God gave me to present to you [the church] the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

It’s truly a mystery how God can take a belligerent jr. high kid like me and change the course of his life into a long adventure of faith and hope. The affairs of the heart and head are mysteries. How did my simple prayer “Jesus come into my life, I give it to you” result in this impact, that set me on a lifelong calling of serving him. That is a mystery for sure and I believe what the apostle Paul is referring to when he writes “Christ in you the hope of glory”.

Since the beginning of time as people began recording God’s dealings with men and women it has always been through deeds and activities set before the eyes of the whole world. Not like a Mystery Religion where only a few of the inner most circles receive enlightenment nor is it fuzzy mysticism that lends itself so well to being manipulated or manipulating others. No, this mystery is out in the open, available to all who will listen. 

The mystery Paul is talking about is really the revelation or clarification of God’s plan all along. A plan expounded by the prophets who were sometimes speaking of things to come, things that were hard to wrap a mind around, making their words seem like a mystery. But in looking back on Christ’s life, death and resurrection all those prophecies found their meaning and clicked into place making total sense.

The secrets and mysteries presented to us by the observable universe fill men and women’s minds and have since the beginning of time. Religions, philosophies, astrology, the  sciences etc. all explore its heights, depths and lengths trying to make sense of it all. For those who believe, the heavens declare the glories of God, to others it an enigma. Our scriptures record that God created the world and universe and that whatever else we might find out there, God’s plan is to bring it all under the Lordship of Christ. The mystery revealed is not just the big plan but also extended to us. Our good news is that in spite of our weaknesses, brokenness and insufficiencies Christ in you enables you to stand with a clear conscience before God because of Jesus’s sacrifice for our sin. As we yield to him, he forms us increasingly into instruments of his grace in this broken world. Thus Christ in you is part of God’s big plan and our hope of being part of that glory.