“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” – Col 1:27 (NIV).
The veteran church pastor and US radio broadcaster, Dr David Jeremiah, has raised in one of his sermons, has anyone ever asked you, “How come the way you are!” Such a remark would not be a put down one, but of one who is dumbfounded at how someone can manoeuvre through life not given to worry, quite joyful and not troubled by the things that ruffle so many!
When the scripures point out, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Cor 4:4), it is not just that. Blinded from the saving power of Christ Satan grips non believers to be obsessed with the world. Blinded there are restless in their craze to have the world and can go at great lengths to achieve that sole but ultimately futile purpose.
But the believer is one who has set his ” mind on things above, not on earthly things” (Col 3:3). All that what which would ordinarily trouble so many is rather temporal and quite not worth the stress. It is not that the believer is not interested in this world, where God has created him for a purpose, but there is a more glorious place worth focusing on in the end. Given this, the believer portrays a certain sense of peace and serenity which a non believer can’t handle.
So, that is why many non believers are confused about believers with their happy and relaxed lifestyle. The things that keep non believers up at night and or all day fighting for, are not that worth the stress, for they have a greater hope in Christ Jesus. Next time a non believer wonders why you are so different, just note that it is an affirmation of the power of Christ working in you!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I think you for this hope that I have in you, which has made all the difference in my life, and this I pray in Jesus’s name.