Thursday, March 2, 2017

Day One - Fixing Our Minds on Christ

Welcome back!  This is Day One of our Colossians Devotion where we’ll fix our minds on Christ.

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, and Timothy our brother: To the saints in Christ at Colossae, who are faithful brothers. Grace to you and peace from God our Father. 
Colossians 1:1-2 (HCSB)

Golden Nuggets Hidden in the “Insignificant” Verses

I know a woman who would refer to verses like this as “insignificant Bible verses.” She didn’t feel there was much to be learned, but I beg to differ. I think we learn some golden nuggets right here in the first two verses of Colossians. 

First, we see that Paul refers to himself as an Apostle. When we think of the term Apostle, we think it’s a high and lofty position. The word actually means one sent forth with orders, one who is a delegate, or an ambassador, in Paul’s case, for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We may not think of ourselves as apostles, but I can tell you that the Lord has a job for you and for me. We all have Kingdom work to do. So we need to seek the Lord in that and ask Him, “Lord, what’s my mission for you today? How would you have me be Your apostle?”

The next point I’d like to emphasize is that Paul talked about Timothy and the saints at Colossae as His brothers. This shows that the Lord values unity. Paul valued unity as well. Unity is tremendously important if we are going to accomplish the Lord’s work.

Do you think of your brothers and sisters in Christ as just that or others who are just people “out there?” Do you feel that you’re in the same army fighting for the same cause and the same purpose? Or is there something that has you dis-unified and butting heads with one another? Think about this in your families as well as in your churches.

Challenge #1

My challenge for you today is to pray specifically for the unity of your church. Ask the Lord if there is anything that you personally are doing that breeds disunity within your congregation. Chances are very good He’ll impress upon you that all is well and you’re doing okay. That’s wonderful. But if He pricks your heart, if He prompts you in some way, listen to that. Turn from it. Fix it. Go develop unity within your church family.

We face an enemy who wants to destroy and tear us down. When we pose a unified front, we are demolishing strongholds of the enemy in Jesus' name. So let’s walk in unity in our church families and in our relational families as well.

Challenge #2

Lastly, we see how Paul encouraged the saints with His words. Seek the Lord and ask Him who He’d have you encourage today. Who needs an encouraging word? Who needs an uplifting text or email or Facebook post? Ask who you can lift up with your words today? Then do it.

Thank you for sharing in today’s devotion. Tomorrow we’ll cover the next few verses of Colossians as we fix our minds on Christ. Please meet me right back here.

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