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09. 02. 2020

Christ the Game Changer
Colossians 3:1-11

1. Changes start from our perspective
Colossians 3:1-4 - 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 earth¬ly things. For you died, and your life is now hid¬den with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, ap¬pears, then you also will ap¬pear with him in glory.

 

 

2. Changes through A Paradigm Shift
Colossians 3:5-10 - And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

 

Questions for discussion
1. Why is it so hard for us to look up (cf. Col 3:1-4), especially in times of difficulty?
2. Talking about paradigm shift, what do you think is easier for you, “not to sin” or “live out godly character”? Explain why.
3. Share one area of your life that you wish to experience a change of perspective / paradigm shift. (Eg: Money, Workplace, Relationship or Sex)

 

 


 

 

 

 

Devotional Message

Taken from The Daily Office by Peter Scazzero ©2008

 

Week 7 / Day 3 - Morning/Midday Office

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25:34–36, 40
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”

 

Devotional
In 1952 Mother Teresa began picking up the dying in the streets of Calcutta, India. By 1980 she and over three thousand members of her order, the Missionaries of Charity, were working in fifty-two countries. Her teachings and life give us profound insight into what it means to follow Jesus as emotional and spiritual adults in our world. She wrote:

I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look only at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. I can feed only one person at a time. Just one, one, one. You get closer to Christ by coming closer to each other. As Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it to me.” So you begin…I begin. I picked up one person…. The whole work is only a drop in the ocean. But if we don’t put the drop in, the ocean would be one drop less. Same thing for you. Same thing in your family. Same thing in the church where you go. Just begin…one, one, one! At the end of our lives, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by “I was hungry and you gave me to eat. I was naked and you clothed me. I was homeless and you took me in.” God has identified himself with the hungry, the sick, the naked, the homeless; hunger not only for bread, but for love…nakedness not of clothing only, but nakedness of that compassion that very few people give to the unknown; homelessness, not only just for a shelter made of stone, but that homelessness that comes from having no one to call your own.

 


Question to Consider
How can you begin to see Jesus Christ in the people you meet this week?

 

Prayer
Lord, I am often overwhelmed by the needs of the world around me. Thank you that you are responsible for the world, and I am not. Help me to see the individual today—the “one, one, one”––so that the words and actions that flow from my life might reflect your life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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