"These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ."

-Col 2:17

“What is reality?” Often we go through life and we have an idea as to how we see things, even how we see people. We create pictures in our minds, we visualize how we would like for things to be. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we think “can be” that we fail to see the reality of “what is”. And so we often miss out on the precious lessons to be learned because we are living a life of should haves, could haves and/or would haves.

Often, it takes us a while to face realities in life’s situations because often we do not want to let go. But it is in the letting go that we are able to understand the true meaning of reality…

In my search for the definition of reality, I found another definition that stated “reality is the sum of all that is real, absolute, and unchangeable.” No matter where we are in life, we can count on the reality of Jesus Christ. Jesus never changes, He is real and He is absolute. The Pharisees in John 8:13 challenged Jesus by saying, “Here You are, appearing as Your own witness; Your testimony is not valid.” Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on My own behalf, My testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going…” John 8:14a. And that is the reality we must come to rest in. Life is filled with swift transitions, people change, situations change, but the Son of God never changes. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forevermore.” Hebrews 13:8. Daily, I am finding much comfort in dealing with reality. When I begin to face the realities of life, it draws me to the realness of Christ. Who can lay claim to “…Never will I leave you never will I forsake you.” Heb. 13:5.

Not only did the father of the prodigal son have to face reality, the son, after he had “squandered his wealth in wild living” had to face the reality of his condition. When he found himself longing to have the food that the pigs were eating, the Bible says, “…he came to his senses” Luke 15:17. He realized that what he had was much better than what he thought he had wanted. Reality! “So he got up and went to his father” Luke 15:20a. And the Bible goes on to say, “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him” Luke 15:20b.

What is reality? Reality is knowing that God gave His only begotten Son so that we might be saved. Reality is knowing that God is always with us. Reality is knowing God will meet all of our needs. Reality is knowing that God gives us the peace that surpasses all understanding. Reality is knowing that God loves us with an everlasting love. And when our reality gets fuzzy, we have this assurance from Jesus Christ:

“…I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never

walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12

Many people are looking for authenticity today. They are looking for someone to be real. Help them know what reality really is by sharing the reality of Jesus Christ our Savior!

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