Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 9-14-21

Colossians 3:1-4 (TPT) One with Christ in Glory
1 Christ’s resurrection is your resurrection too. This is why we are to yearn for all that is above, for that’s where Christ sits enthroned at the place of all power, honor, and authority! [glory] 2 Yes, feast on all the treasures of the heavenly realm and fill your thoughts with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm.

3 Your crucifixion [your life and death are hidden in Messiah] with Christ has severed the tie to this life, and now your true life is hidden away in God in Christ. 4 And as Christ himself is seen for who he really is, who you really are will also be revealed, for you are now one with him in his glory!

Yesterday, I was doing some “baking therapy” and as I was reading the banana bread recipe I noticed the words “add,” “combine,” and “mix.” In order for me to enjoy the finished product, I had to carefully measure, add every item on the list, and blend all the ingredients together; otherwise, I would be wrong to expect bread goodness coming out of my oven. So, I followed the instructions perfectly. Mmmm…so good!

In our passage today, the Apostle Paul is pretty much telling the church at Colossae about the recipe they must follow to be One with Christ. But, this recipe is more about what NOT to “add,” “combine,” and “mix.” If they expect the goodness and power of God to be revealed in their lives, they must NOT combine themselves with a sinful world. Christ has disconnected us from the world in order to connect us to himself! We belong to him, now! He chooses the recipe for his followers.

As Christians, we cannot allow the thoughts of the natural world to alter the power of the Living Bread in our lives. May the Spirit help us remain disconnected from the sin of this world. Remember, good things are supposed to flow from our lives; otherwise Jesus is not our Lord. Jesus told the crowd, “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say?” (Luke 6:45).

Prayer: Lord, thank you for correcting your children to yourself and helping us follow your recipe for Christian living. We need your help and power leading us to victory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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