Monday, September 19, 2016

Focused On Life Above

“Focused On Life Above”
By Zach Wood
Colossians 3:1-4 NLT
Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.  Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.   For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.  And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

We do a lot of thinking every single day, don’t we?  From the time we get up in the morning to the time we lay our heads down to rest, we are constantly thinking.  We think about a lot all through the day.  We think about what to eat for breakfast, what to wear for school or work, what needs accomplished at our jobs and in class, what to eat for lunch, what plans we need to make for dinner.  We could go on and on and on about all that we think about each day. 

We think about so much stuff in a single day’s time.  I wonder what it would be like if we could watch a timeline of our thoughts all through the day.  What would that look like?  For many of us, it would probably be a bit shocking and somewhat scary to see all that we think about each day.  Maybe we might even be a bit embarrassed if not really embarrassed! 

As I was reading this passage last week from a daily devotional thought that I receive each day, it really got me thinking about what I focus my thoughts on each day.  I do think about a lot of things.  I have to admit that I think a lot about earthly things.  I think about things I would like to do, things I want and why certain things won’t or don’t happen for me.  Even though I have been richly blessed by God in so many ways, I still have so many selfish thoughts.

I’m sure all of you think about similar things whether you want to admit that or not.  Think for a few moments about your life in Christ.  We have so many Scripture references in the NT that describe how our thoughts should be like Christ always.  But you and I both know that doesn’t happen as often as it should.  We often think about what will make us happy.  We set our sights on things of this earth and not heavenly things. 

We are to set our sights and thoughts on Christ alone.  As we go through each day, whether we are at school or our jobs, we need to be constantly thinking how we can please God and how we can be a true servant.  Our life is now in God and we need to strive more to think of heavenly things and ways that we can bless others instead of so often being focused on ourselves. 

As we live each day, let us strive more to set our minds on Christ and be more aware of what He wants for us to do and what He wants for us to think about each day.  We have been raised to a new life in Christ!  Let’s truly live like we mean it!

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Greatest Rescue!

“The Greatest Rescue!”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 13:5-6 NLT
But I trust in your unfailing love.  I will rejoice because you have rescued me.  I will sing to the Lord because he is good to me.

Have you ever been through situation where you have been rescued?  Maybe you were trapped in a car and trained people came to pull you out.  Maybe you had a bad experience in a pool, lake or ocean somewhere and someone had to jump in to save you.  Maybe you’ve found yourself at some point behind bars and someone cared enough to bail you out and mentor you to not make the same mistake again.

Not everyone has had these extreme situations in their life in which someone had to rescue them from near death or from a place that might keep them locked up for years.  However, everyone one of us has had an experience or many of them where someone else rescued us from some situation that could have turned very bad and got us back up and going on the right path.

We all make bad choices in life, no doubt about that.  Isn’t it wonderful that we all have friends and family who have, at one point or another, taken time to help us get through a tough situation? Whether it was a situation in which we intentionally made a bad choice or if it was something we were unaware of that took us by surprise and they helped us?

No matter what the situation, I hope that we have been grateful to these wonderful people who have shown such love and concern for our lives.  We definitely owe tribute to these people who care enough to help. 

Again, we have all made bad choices in life.  When I read the passage above, I realize there are so many times in life that I forget how great of a rescue that Jesus Christ went through to save me and put me on the right path.  His love is truly unfailing and His gift of salvation to me is the greatest thing I could have ever accepted. 

What I need to remember most of all is how grateful I should be each and every day for His ultimate rescue of my life from eternal death.  He saved me from my sin, even though I deserve so much worse!  He has covered me in His blood and forgiven me.  In return, each day, I need to sing His praise and proclaim all He has done every opportunity I get.  I fail at this so often, but I am reminded each day that God is with me and helping me to become better. 

Jesus Christ has performed the greatest rescue ever known to mankind!