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Focused on the Eternal

by on December 23, 2013

When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

– Colossians 3:4

According to a recent Gallup poll, the average American adult will spend $704 this Christmas.  That number represents the expected average spending of a single individual. One person spends $704 for Christmas.  Am I making my point?  For a married couple, that’s $1408 of spending on top of the necessities of life.
While there is nothing wrong with the act of giving and receiving gifts, the driving force of consumerism continues to push the materialism to the front of the line of what is important during the Christmas celebration.  In a subtle way, spending and giving is becoming more important than the gift of God making Himself incarnate to dwell among us and redeem us from our sin on the Cross of Calvary.
When Paul addresses the Colossian church with his epistle, he speaks to a number of issues which involve material things.  Being distracted from an eternal perspective is nothing new to our present culture.  It was something the early church experienced as well.
While we need some basic materials to survive, life itself is not confined to the material realm.  Placing too much emphasis upon the material diminishes the spiritual.  The reminder Paul gives to us through his encouragement to those in Colosse is to focus, at all times, upon the blessed hope of Christ Jesus.  He is our life, and His gift of salvation transforms us from day to day, giving us freedom.
And that is something that money just can’t buy.

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