Sunday’s sermon was on Colossians 3 – putting on the “new self” and putting of the “old self” and things of the flesh. I had an almost physical struggle with something on Sunday, not wanting to let it go, but knowing that God was calling me to do it.
I managed to half-heartedly surrender – I say half-heartedly because I don’t know that, until today, I was really ready to do it. Me and my stubbornness.
Because this morning, my devotions nailed the point home – and I am so grateful that the Lord granted me grace to show me through his word again just what he wants from me.
and he will twist its surface and scatter its inhabitants.
And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest;
as with the slave, so with his master;
as with the maid, so with her mistress;
as with the buyer, so with the seller;
as with the lender, so with the borrower;
as with the creditor, so with the debtor.
The earth shall be utterly empty and utterly plundered;
for the LORD has spoken this word.
The earth mourns and withers;
the world languishes and withers;
the highest people of the earth languish.
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and thieves do not break in and steal.
There are many things in this life which grab at my attention. And I have been utterly and completely distracted by them lately. They have taken up hours of my day without my realizing it – through surfing the net, thinking, dwelling – when my thoughts and efforts should have been focused on my Lord.
After Sunday’s and today’s message in His Word, I want to put off those things which are battling for my attention and consequently distracting me from what the Lord would have me do. I want instead to put on Christ, setting my mind on things that are above – throwing off everything else as worthless in comparison to my God.