Today you should read: Colossians 3:1-17
Here is a question to ponder:
How can anyone who lives on planet Earth have any real hope?
When we look around there is violence all over the world. Poverty is rampant. Lust and greed rule the hearts of men and women and God and what He has done is little more than the butt of a joke to many. I believe what Pastor Tim says often is true., “if we aren’t living in the end times we sure are really close. “ So, as things get worse and worse, how can a person really have any hope? The answer lies in verses 1-3 in today’s passage; three of my favorite verses in the bible:
“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.”
These verses have so many applications for our lives it is amazing. If you are enamored with the world and the things in the world this is a reminder to adjust your focus. If you are going through a time of trials and struggling through it, remember this is not the end. We know the end of the story and for those of us in Christ it is a happy ending. For those suffering persecution for their faith, this calls us to remember this world is not our home. Hebrews 11:8-16 is such a beautiful picture of this truth. I encourage you to read it later today or this evening.
So my challenge to you today is to think on heavenly things. It’s not bad or wrong to enjoy this life and this world. It is a gift from God. Just know that the best is yet to come! It is like Christmas day when you open a gift and you get so excited you start playing with it and forget the other gifts under the tree, not knowing there are gifts there you are going to absolutely love way more than that first gift. The earth is wonderful. God made it and gave to us however, what He has in store for us is so far beyond this world and what it has to offer; it is crazy we don’t think about it more.
Posted by: Robbie Byrd