Midweek Wake-Up, January 24, 2018
On Sunday morning we had an interpretation issue. If you were present, many of you thought I was asking if you liked “Cabbage cream eggs”. From my vantage point I really couldn’t understand why only a handful of people liked “Cadbury cream eggs”. However, some did understand and the brief mention and thought of cream eggs and rice pudding led to action. By the time I arrived home for lunch a bag of Cadbury cream eggs had been brought to our home. At our evening prayer meeting I was also presented with a wonderful tin of Ambrosia Devonshire rice pudding (the very one that I told folks I’d been looking for). What’s more, one intrepid gentleman in our church embarked on the adventure of making his own rice pudding as a Sunday afternoon project.
It is amazing how a few words, sparked thinking which quickly led to action. In Colossians 3:1-4, the apostle Paul lays out some stunning truths. And although his words are very clear there is still a tremendous sense of mystery to them. The believer has died with Christ and, likewise, been raised with him. The believer is therefore seated with Christ at the Father’s right hand. One day Christ will appear and the believer will appear with him. These are truths that we can be sure off – they are talking about the real you – and they are truly mindboggling. Paul implores us to set our hearts and minds, that is our affections and thinking, on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Paul realizes that it is only as we understand what Christ has done for us, who we are in Christ and who we will be when Christ returns, that the believer will be rightly motivated towards living a life of obedience that is pleasing to God, the Father.
I like what one writer says: “learning to believe what doesn’t at the moment feel true is an essential part of being a Christian………………..This is what the life of faith is all about”
What is your heart and mind set on today? How are your thoughts and affections impacting the way you live? Think about carefully reading and praying Psalm 84:1-4 today.