Thursday, June 22, 2006
The Expulsive Power of a Correct Gaze
If you haven't read Storm's latest--you will need to email him to get it. Read and re-read.
In his latest devotion he points to Paul's remedy for the Colossian heresy of how to defeat sin. Rather than legalistic and gnostic rituals, that have "no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh (Col. 2:23 ESV)" we should set our affections on the risen Christ who is "before all things, and in him all things hold together (Col. 1:17 ESV).
"The reason we must seek the things above is because that is "where Christ is" (v. 1). He is the exalted center and supreme sovereign of the eternal and heavenly realm. Why would we want our lives and thoughts and actions fixed anywhere else? The appeal of heavenly things is the presence of Jesus. It is the glory and beauty and multifaceted personality and power and splendor of the risen Christ to which Paul directs our attention."
As often when I read Storms, I project the amen---Yes!
Incidently the title is "expulsive" and not "explosive." Not a spelling error--you have to read the devotion.