This past week many celebrated Mardi Gras & Fat Tuesday preparing for Ash Wednesday marking the beginnng of Lent which is the 40 days prior to Passion Week. Many religious people across the world partied hard, over ate, and did other “celebrative” things prior to Ash Wednesday. On that day some of those attended services and received a ash smudge on their foreheards to symbolize their submission to Christ and to say that they were sacrificing something for the next 40 days to remind them of Christ sacrifice. Many faithful Christians are observing this season with the right perspective and right motives.
A good ritual gone terribly wrong for some, especially if their heart was not repentent or they were just going through the motions of a religious function. And let me quickly say, that all believers are quite capable or going through the motions.
This week’s Sunday Morning Bible Study passage in Colossian 3 & 4 speak to the change that Christ makes in our values, our conduct, and lives. He must be the center of our lives. The Bible is clear in that we are not to pretend that He is the center of our lives for just 40 days (Lent) but for 365 days a year.
How do we do that? Paul says that believers must rid themselves (read “put to death”) any and all things that are worldly. You know the list. And we must be real and righteous in all our relationships especially with family members. Paul shares with us his “house tablets” for living in regards to marriage, parenting and even working with others.
“Walk in wisdom…” says Paul so that we will know how to build the right relationships with people. That wisdom, my friend, comes from the Lord. And the Lord shares this in His Word. I pray that you will open the Word with others this Sunday at 10:15 a.m. as we seek together how to do “everything in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
Things to Think About and Ponder:
Ever been “mortified” by someone’s behavior. That is the old English word for “put to death” in this week’s passage. Is there anything you need to mortify in your life?
“Do all things as unto the Lord” is a great verse to use to examine your life this past week. Are you pleased? Is the Lord?
How is your relationship with your spouse? with your children? with your employer? In what ways can you make it better?
Colossians 4:6 says your speech should be seasoned with salt. Replay some conversations and see if it was. How can you share Jesus more when you speak with people? Ask Him to help you to speak about Him more often.