I have just returned from the annual Life in the Spirit Conference. Although always a great time, this year felt especially fruitful. However, as we all know, life is not a perpetual conference or a never ending holiday. There is for us all the challenge, to get on with the task to which we are called. So how do we ensure that we are not robbed of God’s blessing?
In my devotions this morning I read these wonderful words which Paul wrote to the church at Colossae. ‘Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory’ (Col 3:1-3)
Here, the Apostle Paul gives us two great ways by which we can continue to live in the good of all that God has done for us in Jesus. That is, to be those live according to their new identity. An identity that is determined by our adoption by God and our inclusion in Christ. Therefore Paul says that we should give him firstly, our affection (our hearts): and secondly our attention (our minds).
In light of this, I encourage you to this week ‘get stuck’ into the Scriptures this week in order that your minds would be transformed and your hearts moved by the goodness and wonder of HIS grace!
Yours and His, Gareth