"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let
yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
This morning I felt particularly tired. Some mornings are just like this. It is a Saturday, it could be a Monday morning. My early morning plans went out of the window. I used to use this as a reason to allow my mood to tumble, the whole day is now blown...
My ponder today, over my cup of coffee ( I might need more than one today :+), is that my day does not have to be ruined, I do not have to act out on those pesky lies dragging me down. I have an ever-present Saviour and I can begin to praise Him and thank Him, whenever and wherever. I can accept the circumstance of my day, whatever that may be, I can even pray for God to transform, heal, change it (according to His will) but I can also choose to turn to the kingdom of God, the life of Jesus within me and still live for His glory today.
Action: Read the following passage several times today from The Message. Powerful stuff:
Colossians 1:24 -29
I want you to know how glad I am that it’s me sitting here in this jail and not you. There’s a lot of suffering to be entered into in this world—the kind of suffering Christ takes on. I welcome the chance to take my share in the church’s part of that suffering. When I became a servant in this church, I experienced this suffering as a sheer gift, God’s way of helping me serve you, laying out the whole truth.
This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their religious standing. The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.
Prayer: Lord, help me to understand more about, "Christ in is me." Let this be the source of everything that I think or do. Amen
Challenge: Sit with Jesus today, imagine how He is looking at you. Observe how you are looking at Him. Can you gaze into His eyes or is it too difficult? Shame, perhaps? Remember He is the one to lift your gaze...the more freedom you experience in Him, understanding the depth of His grace, asking Him for more understanding of this mystery, the more you will be able to share this with others around you!