Frame – Realization of Significance – A Revolution of Outlook - Monday, July 27th
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” Matthew 18:1
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17
It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 1 Corinthians 1:30
To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
This is the final week of our “Frame” series. The image of the picture frame helps us take a closer look at what shapes our lives. It is important for us to grasp the actual condition of our lives and the potential for our lives that is available to us in Christ. The concern of the disciples for personal greatness seen in the verse from Matthew 18 above is a part of passage where Jesus talks about a lost and then found sheep. The image of a lost and then found sheep is something that will help us with our focus this week. Personal greatness is a part of being lost and is therefore a part of the old life - the old frame and picture if you will. Our theme verse for the series in 2 Corinthians 5 above reminds us of the necessity of moving from the old life to the new life. Our relationship with Christ reframes us so that we are a new person with a new life. Our focus this week in on "significance."
Significance in the old life comes from things like personal greatness, but in the new life, significance becomes an entirely different matter because it comes from Christ and not ourselves. The 1 Corinthians 1 verse above says that we are "in Christ." When we are "in Christ" we have a new "frame." As ones who are "in Christ," we are framed in God's love and acceptance because we are recipients of his grace. As we shall see more fully from the image of the lost and then found sheep, God provides the grace that leads to redemption in Christ because we are significant to him. The Colossians 1 verse above takes all this a little further. You "in Christ" (recipients of love, grace, redemption, acceptance) becomes true so that Christ "in you" becomes true. Christ "in you" is the key to a genuinely new picture being painted inside the new frame (you "in Christ). Through Christ's indwelling presence we become true works of art - masterpieces if you will and as such we gain an amazing sense of personal significance and meaning that revolutionizes our outlook on life and understanding of why we are here.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I am so prone to look for significance (greatness) in all the wrong places, in all wrong ways, and for all the wrong reasons. It so easy to just give lip service to the spiritual realities you are wanting and waiting to awaken me to and to unfold in my life. Please revolutionize my outlook so that you can revolutionize my life. I choose to believe that true and lasting significance and meaning come from you and you alone. It truly is all about who you are, what you have provided through redemption and given to me freely, and all that your life in me can yield. Please let it be that your purposes for why I am here in this world are fulfilled through my fully yielding to you and your life in me day after day after day. Amen!
Posted on Mon, July 27, 2020
by Ken Hart