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Daily Devotionals

Day 29 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Colossians 3:1 NLT

‘Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.’

In my international work with the Evangelical Alliance, I had to fly abroad. Never having left the country when growing up, getting on a plane was a novelty, but one that quickly wore off. What I did discover about flying was that contrary to the comments of many, I very easily fell asleep. I fell asleep because on the plane the demands and anxieties of my working and domestic world fell away from me. I was, for a few hours, travelling uninterrupted, suspended somewhere between heaven and earth.

St Paul reminds us we have been raised with Christ. It is the promise of baptism. I have been taken from the realities of human life and given access to all the treasures of heaven, courtesy of Christ. I feel for many years I settled for life in Christ, without beginning to understand I was invited to explore a reality hidden from the eyes of many.

In fact, my Christian horizons were quickly forged by the need to believe the right things, where correctness was left entirely in the hands of the theological group I’d accessed the kingdom through. My fears and anxieties outside of Christ were quickly replaced with a fresh set of rules and regulations that both traumatised me with fears that I might let God down and created a deceptive persona within so that aspects of my less than appropriate behaviour were kept well away from scrutiny by those who ‘discipled’ me.

So here I was, living a double life, in many ways a double agent. In part seeking and serving God. In part seeking my own welfare and serving my own appetites. Yet, I am invited to explore this vast landscape which is God’s kingdom. God treats me as an adult and welcomes me. The only question is the extent to which I want to seek after God and discover the rich reservoir of his immeasurable grace.

QUESTION: Will you reflect on Jesus’ death and resurrection and how we also die and are resurrected to new life in Christ?

PRAYER: Lord, change my perspective so that I see from above rather than below.

Written by: Matt Weet

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