Are you making it more difficult than need be?

28 10 2012

This is Keith. He ran the Baltimore marathon in flip flops. Sure he finished 29th in just 2 hours 46 minutes, but I think he made it more difficult than it needed to be.

We can do the same thing in our spiritual life.

God didn’t intend for us to live our spiritual life alone and without suggestions.

Colossians 3:11-17 gives us some great suggestions! But before we get to that let me clarify what we’re talking about.

Jesus introduces a word picture, in talking about our salvation: “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3  …literally “born from above”.

Fresh Start – a second chance at life. By turning away from our sin and turning to Jesus we are provided an opportunity to be new. At CBCB there are “no perfect people allowed” and we all need a “fresh start”.

Conversion = Regeneration “To cause to be completely reformed or improved; to form or bring into existence again; to re-establish on a new basis; to be spiritually reborn, as by a religious conversion.” “the change brought about by justification.” “It is a ‘re-genesis’ or a new beginning, a creative act of God.”

Now here’s Colossians 3:11-17:

“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 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.

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. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Colossians 3:11-17

Colossians 3:11-17 “…in this new life…” Lessons:

(these are best observed by re-reading the verses above and considering these points one at a time.)

1. Who people say you are doesn’t matter.
2. God chose you. Clothe yourself in mercy.
3. Make room for each other’s faults, forgive.
4. Let Jesus’ peace be a prescribed guide.
5. You’re called to live in peace & gratitude.
6. Let the message about Christ fill your life.
7. Talk & live in a way that says Thank You!

“let the peace of Christ rule” – to keep straight, direct, a prescribed guide for conduct or action, an accepted procedure/custom/habit, a generally prevailing quality/state/mode, a regulating principle.

How do we do this?

  1. Find a Running Partner
  2. Pick 1 Topic
  3. Start by asking “What 1 thing can I do?” (from the list)
  4. Weekly ask each other “How are you doing?”

Take Away from John 3:16 You are new.You are saved.You have eternal life. You will not be judged.

Lessons from Nic: Make Time. Be Honest. Empty Yourself. Become Intimate

 


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