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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
The word rule comes from the language of athletics: Paul tells us to let Christ’s peace be umpire or referee in our heart. Our heart is the center of conflict because there our feelings and desires clash—our fears and hopes, distrust and trust, jealousy and love. How can we deal with these constant conflicts and live as God wants? Paul explains that we must decide between conflicting elements by using the rule of peace. Which choice will promote peace in our souls and in our churches?
“Whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus” means bringing honor to Christ in every aspect and activity of daily living. As a Christian, you represent Christ at all times—wherever you go and whatever you say. What impression do people have of Christ when they see or talk with you? What changes would you make in your life in order to honor Christ? (NLT)
Colossians 3:15-17 – And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
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. – Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)
Lauren Williams (Indiana) titled her story “WORSHIP WHILE YOU WORK;” here is Lauren’s story:
“Hauling my tote bag of cleaning supplies, I trudged to clean the campground bathrooms for what seemed like the fiftieth time. The sun had set on a long day of work; and to combat a drooping spirit, I began singing favorite praise songs. In one song, the lyrics asked for a worshipful attitude that honors God from morning to evening. While repeating the words, I smiled a little, thinking about exalting the King of kings while cleaning mirrors and scrubbing toilets.
“The song list continued with Philippians 4:13 set to music: ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Those words motivated me to finish with a smile and diligent hands. Despite feeling weary and breathing in the sharp, acidic odor of toilet cleaner, I shifted my focus to set my mind on things above. While sweeping the floor, I remembered a well-known truth: Believers can worship God anywhere. While singing to the Creator and wiping down dirt-streaked sinks, I realized that Christians don’t need to be in a church building to glorify God. Even in the middle of an odious task, we can proclaim God’s awesomeness.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – No matter where we are, we can worship God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for leading us to glorify you no matter where we are. Amen.
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