The “Closer” Challenge (Week Two – Wednesday)

CLOSER Challenge
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Week Two – Wednesday

“Do It With Your Whole Heart”

Today’s thought is not complicated, yet it can be a challenge to practice. Our reading compares the differences between the character of Christ to the character of the flesh. Paul challenges us to seek those things which are above. He then follows that with what the life of a believer, having been made new in Christ, should look like. Then as if that’s not enough, he gives us divine instruction for the Home and Family. Everything Paul shares, in this short set of scriptures, are practical ways our faith should be lived out.

These practical steps help us to walk out our faith in a way that is pleasing to God. He sums it all up in this last thought. Whatever you do, do it with your whole heart, not as unto men, but as unto God. All of these instructions are full-filled on this one teaching. I don’t want to count the number of times I’ve done things just to get by. I was not concerned with what others thought, I just wanted to finish and move on. It’s when we take the mindset that we do not represent only ourselves but, upon our declaration of Christ, we represent Him to others.

For that reason we must do our very best to represent the right Christ. In all that we do. How we communicate with our families, to our work ethic and everything in between. When everything flows from a central place of wanting to please God, our work is no longer burdensome. It becomes much easier to accomplish.

Tell a child they have to do a task they don’t really like and you might meet some resistance. However, you can give that same child something to motivate them and all of a sudden, they are passionate about that same thing. When following Christ becomes our passion, it will motivate us to go beyond the minimum. We all have something we are passionate about and it’s easy to figure out what that is by just seeing what things that person does well. What do we invest more in because of that passion? The challenge is to become more passionate about Christ. The only way we can accomplish that is to spend more time with Him.

The simple fact that you’re here, tells me you are on the right track. I hope by now you find yourself longing for these devotional times more and more and that it’s exciting for you. That means your time with Him is transforming you a little at a time and that’s a great thing. I can’t wrap this devotional up with out mentioning that Paul closes with another promise. When we do things as unto God, we are promised that “you will receive the reward of the inheritance.” Inheritance is reserved for family and I’m reminded of John 4:4, Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Today’s Reading

Colossians 3:1-25

Today’s Prayer

Father, help me to not look at this world through my own sight, but help me to instead see the world through your eyes. That way I might know your perfect love and be able to share that with others. Help me to grow more passionate about the things of God and be the best I can be at all you have called me too. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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