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‘For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him God was pleased to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in Heaven, by making peace through the blood of the cross.’ Colossians 1:19-20 (NRSV)
Misunderstanding about the sovereignty of God over all things can lead us to adopt a dualistic, rather than a holistic worldview. If we limit God’s sovereign rule in any way, we will be entertaining a worldview that separates the sacred from the secular.
God is restoring ALL things in this world to Himself. His plan is the restoration of all things whether we think it is sacred or secular, to its original sinless state. God is reconciling, or buying back, all parts of the created order, through His son, Jesus. In Christ, we are rightly reinstated as God’s stewards on earth who are involved in the privileged task of reinstating all things to Him. There is no part of our lives in which He does not seek to redeem. Even those areas which we feel are more secular, are to be yielded to the redeeming work of Christ.
Anytime that we engage in helping to ‘make right’ something that is not right, we participate in God’s redemptive work. Are we restricting God’s sovereign reign by holding onto a dualistic worldview? God is passionate about bringing back into His divine order all people and all parts of their lives, not just the ‘spiritual’. He is the Lord of ALL. Let’s open all of ourselves and our lives to God’s healing and redemptive work so that we may fully enjoy His shalom.
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