The Colors of Life
Years ago I was in treatment and recovery from an eating disorder. During that time someone gave me a key chain that said, "If all you see is black and white, you miss the colors of the rainbow." Back then, all I saw was right and wrong, good and bad. I still believe in the absolutes of right and wrong, black and white. The Bible is very clear about what is right and what is wrong in life. Today, however, I also see the many colors of life and that is what I want to share with you today.
1. Red...love, the Blood of Jesus shed for us, passion, life....
John 3:16 tells us that Jesus died for us because He loves us so much. We use red roses to say I love you. Red indicates passion and fire in a relationship. This is what God longs for in our relationship with Him! Passion for Him and for all that He is passionate about. How often do we start something, full of passion for it, a new diet, a new job, a new relationship or a new ministry, just to feel tired and bored with it in no time...God doesn't want us to serve out of obligation, but out of love and passion for Him. So where do you need to find more red in your life?
2. Green...ever green, never changing, eternal, everlasting, constant.
The promise of John 3:16 is everlasting life! To live eternally with our Father! That doesn't start when we get to heaven, it started the second we accepted the gift God gave us, yet how often do we live like we are dying?? Christians should be the life of the party...we have the real reason to celebrate. We know that our life here is just a spot in time!
Constant, never changing....Hebrews 13:8 tells us that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever! He is a constant. People say that the only thing you can be certain of is change, but with God you can be certain of His not changing....if He said 2000 years ago, it applies today! He doesn't change His mind based on a whim...we can count on Him to be constant and to stand by what He has said in His Word!! How awesome is that when there seems be so little you can count on??
3. Blue...calmness, water, serenity, the Holy Spirit...
I relaize this is my opinion and I leave it at that, but when I think of the Holy Spirit, I think of water. When I sing about going deeper I think about stepping into a river of the Holy Spirit and letting Him wash over me and permeate every fiber of my being...
In John 16:7 Jesus says He must go away to send us the Counselor (Holy Spirit). In other places the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Teacher, the Helper, the Comfortor. It is the Holy Spirit in us that allows us to commune with God. To enter into that secret place of rest and refreshing. It is the Holy Spirit that prays through us when we don't know how to pray. That prompts us to stop going in one direction and turn aroung. It is the prompting of the Holy Spirit that has me sitting here typing this message...The Holy Spirit is our lamp so to speak and we direct our path as we learn to listen to His voice.
Purple was a color of royalty in the Bible. It was reserved for the wealthy, the set apart! But we as believer are heirs to the Kingdom of God! He has chosen us to be called His children and that makes us royalty! We are His princes and princesses. Ephesians 1:5-6 tells us that He chose us before the foundations of time and predestined us to be adopted as His children through Jesus!
My now 14 year old said when she was little and her dad was removed from her life, that is was okay. Her real Father was the King of Kings...she was His daughter and that meant she was a princess! What an awesome way to go through life...not dreaming of being royalty, but accepting that is who you are!
5. Orange...excitment, joy and energy!
To me orange is a color of energy and excitement. Psalms 149:3 says let them praise His Name with dancing. We are told to count it all joy! Trust me, I know that life can be hard and there are times when it seem there is nothing to be joyous about, but then we have to remember who we are and Who we belong to! We have ever reason to find joy in life... I think if we ever got grasp of the love God has for us, our source of joy would be different, the worship we offer would be different....we stand in churches quiet and reserved, which is a form of reverance and worship, but I think when we get God love for us, our worhsip would be come so much more intense, we would dance out of joy and excitement at what God has done and will do in our lives.
Now before you say huh?? In the winter, most everything turns brown, but it is not dead, it is being renewed. There are times in our lives when we feel dead, but most often those are times of renewal. God is working in the quietness of the time and we are being regenerated. When spring comes everything blossoms to life and when we let God work in our brown times, we too will blossom again. 2 Cor. 5:17 says that we are a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. I do believe that is talking about the old sinful man being gone and a new creation alive in God, but I also think we go through times of growth where the old is taken and the new comes as God prepares us for what is to come in our lives at a given time.
God has created a wonderful array of colors for us to see and enjoy. Take the time to see the colors of life and look at how they fit into your life.