Monday Motivator – October 26

I saw a number of large inflatable animal figures at a Frank’s Nursery store and stopped for a closer look. One of my favorite characters that the store had in front was of Tigger, from the story about Winnie the Pooh. The inflatable Tigger was several feet high, plugged into an AC outlet in order to stay blown up, and he appeared to be bouncing up and down on his tail. Can’t you picture him romping around the field, with Piglet and Mr. Rabbit watching his antics?

I have heard some suggest Tigger can get on people’s nerves with his infectious enthusiasm and laughter. I suppose seemingly “look at me” type self-serving statements from animated characters can be excused or even tolerated more so than if they came from real people.

Most of us realize that professor Maslow was right in that we all have basic human rights we need to take care of. It is not wrong to think of our own needs first in order to take care of ourselves. Hopefully our parents helped us not get too preoccupied with “me-myself-and-I” and we learned (and believe) the world actually does not revolve around each of us.

Yet the messages are all around us, from sports to reality shows to politics to movies, etc. Many still ask the selfish question: “Where is the payoff for me?” It seems we live in a day where there are a lot of Tigger-like people clamoring for their time in the sunshine. Or to be fair to Tigger, there are a lot of men and women saying, “It’s all about me…and I want to be paid for it, too!”

Read Colossians 1:15-23.

The apostle Paul gave a tremendous scouting report of the Person of Jesus in the opening part of his first century letter to the Christians at Colosse. He penned a loud declaration about the preeminence of Jesus as God’s Son in these verses, stating that, “ by Christ are all things created” (16) and “He is before all things and holds all things together” (17).

Jesus stepped into our world to rescue us from the source of all human trouble – sin. Paul adds the idea from verse 21 that, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But in verse 22 he continues by saying, “But now God has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight.”

Think about what the apostle Paul is saying. Those whom put their faith, hope, and trust in Jesus can be free from the pain and penalty of sin. We were created by Him and for His purposes, but all of us rejected His Lordship for our own selfish pursuits. In spite of our rebellion, we were won back (i.e., reconciled) to God by the death of Jesus on a cross. God became human in order to rescue us from our narrow-minded preoccupation with our own self-glory.

Jesus lived, died, and was resurrected in order to pay for our selfishness and give us a second chance. That is why I tear up when I read the last few words of verse 22. Based on what Christ accomplished, He can present us “holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

In life, there is only room for one Lord. It does not make any sense to become free from sin in order to serve our selves any longer. Let’s use what Christ’s death provides to serve Him instead.

Grow devotionally. Use Colossians 1:9-14 as your pattern for a life that honors the real Star.

Love is a verb,

Mike Olejarz

©2015 by Mike Olejarz

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