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Friday, October 11, 2013

Life in Christ

"So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective.

3-4 Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.

5-8 And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

9-11 Don’t lie to one another. You’re done with that old life. It’s like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you’ve stripped off and put in the fire. Now you’re dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, slave and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.

12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.

19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.

20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.

21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.

22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work." Colossians 3 from The Message

 
I love Colossians chapter 3.  My Bible titles this section as "Rule for Holy Living."  This chapter is a great reminder of how we are supposed to live like Christ.  A few things that stand out to me in this chapter...
 
3:2 -  Set your mind on things that are above, not on the things that are upon the Earth.  It is so easy to look at all the THINGS that we have (or don't have).  We often get caught up in making sure we have what everyone else has.  A nice car, the latest clothes, the newest gadget, the most toys for our kids.  And we worry about what everyone thinks about us, how to they see us, how we appear to have it all.  Instead of worrying about all that crap, set your mind on things that are above - on your Heavenly Father and the treasures we are storing up in Heaven!
 
3:7-8 - Rid yourselves of the life you once walked in.  I don't have just terrible things in my past but I know there are still things that I know better than to do.  When you gave your life to Christ, did you really change the way you walked in your life? 
 
12 - Clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and paitenance.  Be content with where you are and what you have.  Let others see that sweet kind spirit in you. 
 
13 - Forgive as the Lord forgave you!  Think about how many time we have failed and let Him down.  And he forgives us every single time we fail!  People are not perfect and they are going to hurt you and let you down... especially those closest to you.  Forgive them time and time again.
 
15 - Be Thankful!! This goes back to verse 2.  Be thankful for what you have. Don't worry about what everyone else has and wish you had that.  Instead of wishing for other things, be thankful for what you do have.... I guarantee you that the peace and joy you find in what you have totally outweighs the big house the stay at home mom down the street has!
 
18 - Subit to you husbands!  I really struggle with this one.  I like to be in charge and like things my way... doesn't everyone?  But the Bible tells us several times that we are to let our husbands be the leaders and we are to submit to them.  Sometimes this may require biting our tongue and just saying okay.  Sure, they are supposed to love us in return and I believe the more we learn to step back and be that submissive supportive wife, we will see our husbands learn to love us as Christ loves his church.
 
21 - Do not embitter your children.  Encourage them and lift them up.  Praise them when they do good and encourage them to be the best they can be.
 
22 - Work Hard.  Do your best even when no one is watching.  Don't just try to look good in front of your boss or other co-workers but sincerely do your best.
 
17 and 23 - Do it for the Lord ... not for man!  Both of these verses say in whatever you do.  Every little thing you do wether it be taking care of your kids, your job, helping at church, giving to the needy... do it for the Lord.  Do it with all your heart!
 
I am not a Bible scholar and really not very good at interpretting scripture and relating what it means but I just like to use these verses in this chapter to just give me a little reminder of how God wants us to live for him in everything we do.  It reminds me that He is the important one that we should be focused on working for and pleasing... not the others in this world!  We should turn from that filthy, worldy life and walk with Christ.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

"I am not very religious or anything..."

I heard a friend of mine that I work with say "I am not very religious or anything so we don't really go to church."  Wow how uncomfortable that made me feel.  This is someone that I talk to every single day but I have never found the time to even ask about her religious views. There was my chance to step in and share the good news of Jesus Christ and let her know it's not just about "being religious" but asking Jesus in your heart and having a real true relationship with Him.
 
I can't help but wonder how many people are there out there like that think of church as only a religious thing?  How many acquaintances do we pass every single day but yet don't have the time or courage to ask them where they are going to spend eternity?  Witnessing is a very difficult thing for me.  Sure I can hide behind a computer and post Bible verses and encouragement but to actually stop and ask someone about their relationship with Christ scares me to death... especially someone that I talk to every single day and am not sure how they would react.  I am not confident enough in myself and my knowledge to really press someone.  What if they come back with questions or comments that I don't know the answer to?  What if they totally shun me and think I am "holier than though?"  I know so many times I tell myself that someone else will share it with them.
 
I once heard a preacher say "How much do you have to hate someone to not tell them about all the great things that Jesus can do for them?"  Ouch!  I know God put us here on this earth to be disciples for him, to share the gospel and bring people to Christ.  But wow it's a tough thing for me.  I know I can feel God pressing on me to speak up and not only share his love through my actions but also through my words.  I would hate for someone to spend eternity in Hell because I was too scared to speak up!  I pray that I have not let my one opportunity to share his word with this friend pass me by.  I pray that God opens that door for me to step in again and give me that opportunity to push aside my fears and give me the encouragement to share His love instead of stepping back and letting the opportunity pass me by.
 



For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher. 12 That is why I am suffering as I am. Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. - 2 Timothy 1:6-12

Monday, October 7, 2013

You are beautiful my darling...

I am definitely preaching to the choir on this one...
 
How many times have you looked in the mirror and thought "If only I had a prettier smile or eyes without wrinkles, if only I had less freckles or a smaller nose, if only I had nicer hair or more defined cheeks...."  I'll admit it, I do this all of the time!  We all do.  Our world is so engrossed in beauty that it is so easy to get caught up in it all.  Just look at any store you go to, there are aisles and aisles of beauty products.  There are tons of commercials on tv and advertisements in magazines of beautiful women telling you to use this and you can be beautiful like them.  But we have to remember that God made us to look just the way he wants.  He placed every wrinkle, freckle, and hair right where he likes it.  Psalm 119:73 tells us that he molded us with his own hands.  How rude to tell him that it's not pretty enough or not tall enough or thin enough.  YOU are God's piece of art! 
 
"You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." - Song of Songs 4:7
I need to blow this up and hang it on my mirror!
 
I believe it is easier to not focus on our outside "imperfections" when we focus on our hearts and the way that God sees us more.  We have all heard our moms say "It's what's on the inside that counts" but why is it so hard to convince ourselves of that? The Bible tells us time and time again that God cares more about our hearts...
 
"The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
 
 "Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes.  Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight." 1 Peter 3:3-4
 
We should strive to have that beautiful, gentle heart full of God's love.  You are not going to find it at any makeup counter or beauty store... you can only find that from the ONE that we should desire to please most.  I promise you that if you work more on perfecting your inner beauty, you will find that zit or blemish or love handle on the outside is not near as important as you once thought!