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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Living For Jesus"

Date published: 12/08/2014
Colossians 3:1-3 “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 earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (NIV) 

  Life is made up of priorities. Your priorities are normally determined by where your heart is.  Even though God wants your heart to be captivated by Him, other priorities can quickly compete with God for your heart. The key to captivating your heart for God is to fall more in love with Jesus. Just as with any relationship, time spent is the key ingredient to growing in love or developing the depth of the relationship. Once again your biggest enemies for time with God are your priorities. 

   How then do you live for God with other priorities pressing in on every side? Here are five life motivations for doing this:

  1. Spend time at the start of each day reading the Bible and praying. It can be as little as 10 minutes or as much as an hour, but start the day falling in love with God by knowing and talking to Him. Pray into your day allowing God’s hand to be with you. Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.” (NIV)
  2. Pray for a mindset that seeks the things of God. Matthew 16:23 “Jesus turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.’" (NIV)
  3. Pray for a heart that loves to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:1 “Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” (NIV)
  4. Pray for a distaste for the things of the world and a delight in the righteousness of God. 1 John 2:15 “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (NIV)
  5. Make God the architect of your life. Jeremiah 2:13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken Me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (NIV)    

  Living for Christ opens your life to a filling of the Spirit that will result in a greater measure of Christ in you. When you open more of your life to Christ: you love to spend time with God; righteousness is your joy; wisdom is natural ; and purpose and direction are clearer. Set your minds on the things above and enjoy spending time with the living Christ! 

Romans 8:5-6 “Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” (NIV)

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Resources on priorities: Transformation – Part 1 and Your Life in Christ – Lesson 8