Day Five -Renewed in Christ

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16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

 

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Today's Devotional

 

Our family drives used vehicles. We’ve never owned a brand-new vehicle – mostly because of the cost but also because we realize that with five young kids it will not be new for long!

One of the fun challenges with new-to-us cars is to clean them up to be as nice as they can be. My dad has become an expert in making used cars look new, so I often ask him about which brands work best. I have to do that because they all sound like they can do miracles for your vehicle – giving it a showroom shine, causing it to have that new car smell, making it feel like you’re driving a brand new car.

For all the ways that products fall short in keeping their lofty promises, we’re reminded in today’s passage that Christ actually makes us NEW. We are a new creation. In last Sunday’s sermon, we heard that we’re being renewed “in the image of [our] Creator” (Col 3:10). It somehow makes sense that the One who created us is also the One who is uniquely able to re-create us.

This coming Sunday, we’ll study Colossians 3:12-17, where we see in detail what our new life in Christ looks like. We’ll see that life in Christ means that we’re powerfully transformed for the better.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: To prepare for Sunday, slowly read Colossians 3:12-17. Which phrases jump out at you? Which virtues are often missing in your life?

Pray that God would give you a desire for renewal in your walk with Him. By the power of the Holy Spirit, ask that He would make all things new in you.

 

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Day Four – Rid yourself of rage

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25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

 

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Today's Devotional

 

I saw a sign last week at a food court that caught my eye. Above the stainless steel counters where the food was being served, there was a poetic rule that all the employees were supposed to follow: when in doubt, throw it out. If something looks in any way questionable, it’s not worth keeping; just get rid of it.

We heard in Colossians 3:8 that we are to rid ourselves of “anger, rage,” and many other sins that shouldn’t define our lives anymore. It makes me wonder if Paul heard stories about some of the Christians in this city who had short fuses, who were physically violent with other people, who couldn’t keep their emotions in check.

The apostle Paul gives details in our passage today about how and why we should get rid of rage. We should deal with our anger before the sun goes down; we shouldn’t let a single day go by while we’re still angry with someone. We’re called to confront (Matthew 18) with the hope of restoration. Why do we do this? So the devil doesn’t have a foothold. We don’t want him to have a place where he can grab us, where he can hold on, where he can seize an opportunity to drive us from good relationships with other people and God.

Not sure if what you’re hanging on to rage? Better safe than sorry – when in doubt, throw it out.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: Are you refusing to forgive someone? “Forgive each other, just as in Christ God forgave you” (Eph 4:32).

Pray that God would give you discernment to see where anger resides. Ask Him to give you strength to get rid of it.

 

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Day Two – Therefore

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Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

 

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Today's Devotional

 

Paul uses a little word in Colossians 3:5 that you probably didn’t notice as we read the passage on Sunday; that word is “therefore.” It’s a simple word that connects what has been previously said to the following thought. In that passage, Paul tells us that Christ is our life, therefore, put to death “whatever belongs to your earthly nature.”

It’s a word that we might be quick to look over, but it speaks volumes about Paul’s understanding for how we live. Put differently, Paul is saying, “Since this is the case, NOW you’re to live in this way.” And Colossians 3 isn’t an isolated occurrence of Paul teaching in this way.

In fact, virtually all of Paul’s commands about Christian living are spoken in the shadow of Christ’s cross. It’s why we, as Christians, never get past what Christ has done for us; we go deeper in Christ’s work. We always are called to live for Christ because of what Christ did for us.

It’s the same way in Romans 12 – in view of God’s mercy, offer yourselves as living sacrifices. This greatly blesses us in at least two ways. First, we see that Jesus is our Savior, not ourselves. We don’t do good to save ourselves. Second, our lives are changed because of Christ’s saving work. We do good to show thankfulness that Jesus paid it all.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: When you consider Christ’s saving work for you, what’s the first response that you have? Spend time today thinking about Christ’s great work of salvation.

Pray that you would live for Christ, not in order to save yourself but because Christ has saved you.

 

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Day Three – The idolatry of greed

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6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

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Today's Devotional

 

Several hundred years ago, John Calvin was calling people back to the study of Scripture, back to the doctrines of grace, back to the important fact that salvation comes through Christ alone. He was an extremely prolific writer, a passionate preacher, and – most importantly – a committed follower of Christ.

And one of the profound things that John Calvin figured out is this: “The human heart is an idol factory… Every one of us from our mothers womb is an expert in inventing idols.” Of course, this doesn’t mean that we’re all silversmiths or goldsmiths, with the inborn ability to create statues of gods; instead, our hearts turn good gifts from God into things that we worship.

In Colossians 3:5, Paul tells us to put to death many things that belong to our earthly nature, including “greed, which is idolatry.” He’s telling us that the good gift of material things – which can be used to bless others, to provide for our well-being, and overall can be enjoyed – can sometimes grow into idols that are equally or more valued than God Himself.

That same idea is found in today’s passage; money isn’t the root of evil, the LOVE OF money is. Being heavenly minded means that our love for God – and worship of Him – is greater than anything that this world has to offer.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: Are there certain things that you desire too much? Do they consume you more than your desire for God?

Pray that God would be first in your life. Ask His Holy Spirit to show you any unhealthy desires you have, so that you world worship God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.

 

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Day One – What a glorius day!

Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

13 Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14 We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15 According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18 Therefore encourage each other with these words.

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Today's Devotional

 

We heard in Sunday’s sermon that we are to be heavenly minded. We were reminded that Christ has raised us with Him and given us our life. Verse 4 tells us, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” It’s a marvelous picture of being united in an even fuller sense with Christ, an image of the completion of unity in Christ.

In our passage today, Paul also speaks about being together with Christ in glory. This might be a familiar passage because it’s one that we often hear when a loved one passes away. Some of the most comforting words are the ones that we hear in v13 – that we don’t mourn as those “who have no hope.”

As Christians, our comfort in both life AND in death is that we belong to our faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. And because we do, we have hope. We have an unshakeable confidence that on the day that our life on earth ends or the day of Christ’s return (whatever comes first), we WILL be with Him in glory.

This makes us reaffirm our relationship with Christ as our Savior today. It prevents us from fearing evil, even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death. And it makes us long for the day of Christ’s return, so that we are all the more heavenly minded.

 

Today's Challenge

 

Challenge: If you haven’t yet trusted Christ as your Savior, trust Him with your life today. If you already know Christ as your Savior, trust Him with your life today.

Pray that God would make you turn your eyes to heaven with the sure hope of being with Christ in glory.

 

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