The Fullness of Christ

Colossians 2:6-10 says:

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him andestablished in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits[a] of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Last weekend, our pastor finished up a series titled “Be Strong”.  His final sermon was about finishing strong and continuing to live the Christian life in an impactful way.  He used the above passage to remind us that as Christians, we have access to THE FULLNESS of Christ.  What does that mean for us?  It means you don’t have to settle for a mediocre status of living.  You can take advantage of God’s richest blessings!  He’s up in heaven just waiting to pour them out.

Pastor used the rubber band analogy.  Together we took a rubber band and placed it in our hands, one on each side.  Pulling one side created tension.  Tension that was released if both hands came near to each other.  Pulling to the left was like living our lives apart from God.  There was a good amount of tension, if you can imagine that.  But if we took our left hand toward our right, the tension disappeared.  That’s how it feels to live a strong life.  We aren’t striving toward selfish goals or pulling away from God’s vision for our lives. We are changing the reality of where we are to be closer to God’s vision for our lives.

This got me thinking.  The same applies to how we feed our bodies.  In recent years, we (meaning Americans, I guess) have gotten so far off track when it comes to how our bodies were meant to be fed.  I’m no scientist of food historian but let’s take the example of flour.  White flour is the product of processing and bleaching the wheat bran, thereby removing good things like fiber and protein from its anatomy.  Why did we do this?  Because it tastes better? I guess.  My nutrition teacher couldn’t give me answer.  I’d venture to guess that this process is expensive and unnecessary.  After all, we could have gone on living just fine with regular whole wheat flour, couldn’t we?  White bread is full of sugar and high fructose corn syrup anyway.

We don’t have a definitive model on how to eat, (though the Paleo/Primal diet seems to think they have the closest idea) but we do have a pretty solid idea on whats good for us and whats not, based on scientific evidence.  Without a doubt, we can say that processed foods do not benefit our bodies in any way. Whole, unprocessed, clean foods benefit our bodies in so many more ways and have a much better overall effect on us.  So why, knowing what we know, do we continue to eat foods that are terrible for us?  Why do we settle for less than the best, dealing with horrible sleep patterns, vicious cycles of fatigue and digestive complications?  I think it’s lack of knowledge.  What is the first thing most people turn to when they’re sleepy and trying to wake up? Coffee or an energy drink, right?  It’s a vicious cycle that will never end unless they change their lifestyle.  How about instead of eating that huge plate of white pasta the night before, they at a plate of lean meat, vegetables and fruits?  And got a full 7 hours of sleep to boot!  How about that? I bet by making simple changes like those, they would be on their way to fuller, more enjoyable life!

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