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Things Above

“…set your hearts on things above…set your minds on things above…When Christ, who is your life…”  – Colossians 3: 1, 2, 4

The things our hearts and minds are focused on is usually what drives our lives. They take our energy (physical, mental, emotional), and time (a commodity you cannot buy more of and is short in length).

Have we ever really thought about what we are setting our lives on?

Does Jesus really think, or believe, we will keep our hearts and minds on Him 24/7/365? No. The majority of us are lucky to do that for a half-hour straight. We are too full of “us”.

I do believe He wants to see a better consistency established in this area of our lives. It won’t be complete until we are called home.

JesusWOD:

If Christ was taken out of verse four, how would we fill in the blank?

“When ____________, who is your life…”

JesusWOD

Exits

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” – Matthew 7:13-14

Everyone has traveled, or is traveling, through the wide gate and on the broad road. Age is irrelevant and Christians are not excluded.

Just because we are saved doesn’t mean we still won’t take the “on ramp” to the world’s highway. It’s a thoroughfare filled with promises of fun, happiness and great times without signaling what lies ahead.

The world’s road is like a playing field with no boundaries. Anything goes. No whistles blown. No penalty flags thrown. With no regulations, it must be more fun than a narrow path with guardrails and warnings? How many times have we become caught up in the chaos of the broad road? The focus is on us or keeping up with the Joneses. Everything must be bigger, stronger and faster. The promises it offers becomes a dizzying frustration leading to disappointment, discouragement or ultimate “destruction.”

Thank the Lord for exits. Exit sign

God promises in Deuteronomy 31:6 He will not “leave… nor forsake us.” As we “merrily” travel the world’s paths, exhausting ourselves along the way, God provides countless opportunities to exit back to the peace, joy and safety of His “narrow” road.

No matter how long we stay on the world’s path, an exit to paradise is always there. Ask the thief on the cross (arguably my favorite person, besides Jesus of course, in the Bible because we are all, in one way or another, a thief).

I think he would encourage us like this: “I was blessed to be dying on the cross that day. I could not have been in a better place. It brought me to my last exit ramp, Jesus.”

JesusWOD:

What road are we traveling on today, right this very moment? Do we need to exit to the road less traveled? The ramp is there. The choice is ours.

 

 

Chains

“Remember my chains.”  – Colossians 4:18

In his letter to the Colossians, Paul ends it with a simple request – “Remember my chains.” Paul is under house arrest in Rome and will be so for two years. 

Though Colosse was hundreds of miles away, Paul knew the power of their prayers would sustain and strengthen him during this difficult time. 

Unfortunately, chains have not gone out of style. 

In different parts of the world, Christians suffer major persecution, and are slaughtered because they claim the name of Jesus. Others face the “normal” daily difficulties, troubles, hardships, worry and stress life constantly brings. 

Chains bind, create fear, stagnation and steal the joy and hope God promises to all his “kids”.  

As Paul did 2,000 years ago, brothers and sisters in CHRIST are crying out today – “Remember my chains.” These people are not just a world away. They are right beside us. At work, school, on our teams and even under our own roof. 

JesusWOD:

Who do we know being weighed down by the chains of life?  Will we take time to remember their chains and bear these burdens with them in prayer today?

JesusWOD

“…GOD is for us.”

If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Romans 8:31

From “the beginning”, God has been for us. All 66 books of the Bible are an account of how far, deep and wide His love is for us. In the same way He hovered “over the waters” of a dark and empty earth, God hovers over our dark and empty lives filling them with His light and His purpose.

He was for Noah on the ark.

He was for Moses standing at the edge of the Red Sea.

He was for David facing Goliath.

He was for Daniel in the lion’s den.

He was for Hannah who was childless.

He was for Saul, who became Paul, on the road to Damascus.

He was for Peter who denied Him three times.

He was for John the Baptist who was beheaded.

He was for the woman at the well.

He was for Thomas who doubted.

He was for Lazarus who died.

He was for the thief that entered paradise.

He was for men that administered the whipping.

He was for the Romans that nailed Him to a tree.

He was for the Pharisees that spit upon Him.

He “is for us…” 

And that goes for every human that has ever graced the stage of life. Whether we accept the gift of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ, or not, it still does not take away the underlying truth that God has always been and will always be for all of us.  

John 3:16 states,“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” 

Jesus came for the sinner, and that includes all of “us.” 

JesusWOD:

To the unbeliever, will you be for Him, by asking Jesus Christ into your life today? Will you believe someone can be for you so much He would take on your sins and die in your place? 

To the believer, are we for Him? And, if so, how?

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