Monday, August 11, 2008

Jesus is my life [+] Monday E-Devotion

Colossians 3:4 (nlt) --- And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
 
The Gospel of John is full of these type saying Jesus shared: I am the life, I am the way, I am the door, I am the bread, and so on.  Those statements describe what Jesus does and how He interacts with us, God's children, those who have accepted Him.  Jesus is more than our "fire insurance" or savior from Hell.  He is our life.
 
Yesterday we finished the series called reVerb at The Community as we talked about how we SHARE LIFE with people every day.  If we do not have life, how can we share it?  If we have a perverted or warped view of life, how can we really understand it?  How can people have life apart from God?  The answer is, to all three questions...it is impossible.
 
Jesus is life.  Think about it. Jesus is my life.  If I am cut off from Him, I loose and I am dead spiritually.  But I even count on Jesus for my physical life.  He is God.  No more and no less.
 
Here are some more thoughts from Colosians 3:
 
SEEK REAL LIFE (the realities of Heaven) verses 1-2 
 
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.
 
GOD HIDES US FROM OUR ENEMY AND THAT IS LOVE, verse 3
 
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
 
FOUR THINGS TO PUT ON THAT WILL MAKE YOU SHARE LIFE WITH OTHERS
 
LOVE, verse 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
 
PEACE, verse 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
 
WORD (the word of God or the Bible), verse 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
 
DEEDS (act like your Heavenly Father), verse 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
 
Strange thing about those last four verses.  They all end with being thankful.  Would you think that thankful needs is tied to sharing life with the people you encounter?  Yep!  I do and we need to be sharing life.  Jesus is our life!!!

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