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Christ is all and in all

If your walking through Lent, right about now it is becoming difficult, redundant…dare I say boring?

Every time we make a decision to enter into a new season and make changes, it is exciting at first, but usually several weeks into it, that shine wears off. As I continue to journey through Lent, that time is right about now and I doubt I am alone.

I stumbled across a text from Scripture that spoke deeply to me.:

In that renewal, there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian[1], slave and free; but Christ is all and in all![2]

Amazing how many times I have read that text and yet not realized how progressive – even provocative it is! I was recently listening to a podcast on the progressive nature of the Bible[3] and it became even more clear how the Bible itself is a movement, a journey, a migration.

It is a human tendency to create lines – an us-vs-them mentality. Unfortunately, religion is often used to feed this desire. When religion does this, I would call this unhealthy forms of religion. We see a healthy form of religion above because it is tearing down any walls, anything that separates, there is no us-vs-them – there is only us!

Christ is all and in all?

What this is saying is that there is no separation between the sacred and the secular. Christ is in all things. There is no place and no person where the sacred does not permeate. No exclusions! There is not a single person, a single nation, a single ethnicity, a single orientation, a single religion where the sacred cannot be found.

This also means that the sacred is found in mundane things like folding laundry, cleaning the bathrooms, running errands etc. Being a pastor is no more sacred than being a teacher, working in an office, or being a stay-at-home parent. As a pastor, one of my jobs is to continue to point out the sacred in all this things – to remind people that God is found in all places and to encourage people to become more aware of this sacred invitation available to all people at all times.

Here is an ancient prayer that I leave with you for today:

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of every man who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

May you become increasingly aware of the sacredness of each moment.

 

 

 

 

[1] Scythians were ancient nomadic people commonly thought of as the ultimate barbarians. Let’s just say they were not thought highly of.

[2] Colossians 3:11

[3] Pete Enns podcast with Rob Bell which you can find here.