Colossians 3:1-4 1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. (New Living Translation)
I absolutely love the daily engagement with the Bible as it is exposing practices and approaches to life that are rough and shocking and need sorting out. In reading the Word I reflect on my life, on who I am and find myself at times ashamed and mildly shocked. There is a lot that I need to work on, but I am cool with that as the more I realise how I really am, the more I am turning to God for guidance and change.
It is like in the face of trouble I turn more readily to God. And I see that around me with those close to me as well, when they are really struggling is when they often turn to God and their faith grows.
And that takes a particular view on life, a view that sees difficulty as an opportunity to get closer to God. So you are struggling in your marriage, now is the time to depend even more on God. Have an addiction issue? Now is the time to depend even more on God. Wondering how you will pay the bills? Now is the time to depend even more on God.
And reading this passage causes me to ask the question am I really dependant on God? I took Jack, my three year old shopping the other day and we were walking through a crowded shopping centre mall and suddenly he calls out, ‘Spider Man!’ I am looking around, keen to share his observation, but I cannot see what he is referring to. So I ask him, ‘where is spider man Jack?’ He points and exclaims, ‘there is spider man!’ Eventually amidst the many advertisements, stores and people I make out in the distance a spider man ride. He saw it so quickly as he has a three year old view on the world. My interest isn’t spider man rides so I easily missed it. In the same way as a Christian I should see things around me as Christ would, to make decisions as Christ would. The reading challenges me to, ‘set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.’ The greek for set your sights speaks of searching and desiring, so the challenge is to genuinely desire the realities of heaven, of eternal life with my creator. To Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. And how do I do this? More time spend reading and reflecting on the Word, more time in prayer and worship, more time in sacraficial service. Now go and do it Mark!
Lord I seek to be even more dependant on you, to truly live my life seeking only after you. Amen.
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
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