Have you ever been in a situation where you felt really out of place, awkward, and you were unsure just how to be? For some of us that may be most of the time, for some you’re really comfortable fitting in most of the time, but I’m pretty sure all of us have experienced being the outsider at some point in life. Maybe you moved to another region, started a new school, or work situation. The fish out of water is kinda just flopping around trying to figure it out.
Well, in our study of Colossians we have learned about this strange kingdom that Jesus has called us into. We learned last week that to live in this kingdom it’s going to require that we set aside our old life for the new life that Christ has called us to. That’s not easy, and if going against our old nature isn’t hard enough, it’s made worse by the fact that you’ll be starting that new life in a world that is mostly part of the old and is often hostile to it. The Strange Kingdom is strange because it’s contrary to this one, and it’s one we only partially see now, and in that respect christians are the outsiders. Russell Moore puts it this way,
“We are part of a kingdom we see from afar (Heb. 11:13) and a kingdom we see assembling itself all around us in miniature, in these little outposts of the future called the church.”
The Apostle Paul knew this all too well, as he writes this letter “in chains” because of the gospel, so he closes it in a very pastoral tone, advising us on how to live in Christ's KIngdom, while we pass through this present one. So, I hope you’ll join us tomorrow as we look at how we live it through prayer, wise conduct, and care for one another can help us not just navigate the world we live in, but be effective emissaries of the Strange Kingdom, to a world that needs to know “the mystery of Christ”. “so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.” Col. 4:12