What I read today;
Exodus 7; 2 Samuel 21-22; Psalm 51; Isaiah 51; John 10; Colossians 3-4
Our Christian life is a constant series of pushing and pulling against the world. We start the week with good intentions, but by the end of the week, we realize the world has smashed us to bits. The things we didn’t want to do we ended up doing. The anger we wanted to keep in check, found a way to the surface, the reading and studying we wanted to do didn’t happen. It’s the way our lives tend to work.
So how then do we overcome the world? How do we put on Jesus for ourselves? Colossians 3 gives us some hints;
Vs. 1 – Seek things that are above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God
Vs. 2 – Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Spend more time focusing on the love and mercy of God our father and the grace provided by Jesus. Think about all the wonders and mysteries that God provides for us every single day.
Vs. 5 – Put to death therefore what is earthly in you
Every now and then disconnect from the news. Stop focusing on all the bad news that we see on the news channels. Disconnect from social media every once in a while. If all you do is look at those things, it’s likely that you’ll believe the sky is falling. Take a break. Walk in the woods and view the majesty of our creator God. Sit in a coffee shop and talk to other human beings. Avoid those things that cause you to think about the coarseness and anger that permeates our culture.
Vs. 12-14 – Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Try looking at others the way Christ looks at you. Even in Wal Mart when your fighting through the crowds. Remember that you’re not perfect either.
Vs. 15-17 – And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Let Christ dwell in your heart. Read the word of God, pray, listen to Christian music, go to church and attend a Bible Study. Focus on the grace and mercy that God has provided you and me!