This week’s post from the past is adapted from something written in February 2007
Yesterday Kevin was speaking to some folks and shared some verses in Colossians:
If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as,
“Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!”
(which all refer to things destined to perish with use)–in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?
These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.
Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
It has been making me think about how easy it is for us to walk in the “strength” of our own self-control rather than in the power of the Lord. I don’t want to live a self-controlled life, I want to live a Spirit-controlled life! But the question is always, HOW?
Well, this morning the children were having chocolate muffins and fruit for breakfast and I (naturally) cut one in half for me. It was still too big so I cut it in half again.
As I was placing a bite into my mouth I realized, “This isn’t what my New Man wants to do…I’m wanting to LOSE weight so why am I putting this in my mouth?” So I tossed it, gave the rest of the muffin away and made myself 4 egg whites and a banana.
Kevin yesterday asked us to pray (mostly for the youth group students, because we were meeting with the youth group leaders) that the students would set their minds on the things above.
This is my prayer today…that I would set my mind on the things above. I want ALL that I do today to be centered in Christ and in the things above, where He is seated at the right hand of the Father. Even though my life is lived out here on this temporal place and dwelling in this flesh, I want everything about what I do and why I do it to be from a heavenly perspective. “The things above” reminded me of the fruit of the Spirit. Another fellow shared that it reminded him of the Phil 4 passage about “whatever is good, lovely, worthy of praise…” because that is what we are to have our minds dwell on.
So, as I go through my ‘mundane’ routines, how can I make: catching up on laundry (pipes froze again the last 4 days and are thawed today) , doing dishes, homeschooling, preparing meals for the family, eating lean myself and exercising – all about setting my mind on Christ? I do it by realizing that all the things and priorities in my life ARE established for me today by God. BUT I don’t want to do them as rote or taking them for granted. I want to do what I’m doing always mindful of their being a part of my life for eternity.
So how does choosing egg whites and bananas become part of my life for eternity where a chocolate muffin does not? Well, for me, it is because one was feeding the flesh (the chocolate muffin) and the other was part of what I needed for health and nourishment for my body and was blessing my soul since it is also part of my plan for weight loss (living in the Spirit). I want to also be mindful of mortifying my flesh so that my eyes will always be fixed on Him and not on this flesh and its weak and worthless desires. As I do this I continue to grow in the perspective that ALL of my satisfaction is found in Christ and that all of my flesh can be brought under the control of the Spirit.
Off to get going on the rest of my day and praying that I will be keeping my eyes (and hope) fixed on Christ above!