Monday, June 1st
Matthew 18:1 About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?”
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 (NLT)
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
This is the final week of Pastor Ben's sermon series called, "Framed." 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 what Jesus deals with in our story for this week about the lost sheep. 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 story of the lost lamb, 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 a amazing sense of personal significance and meaning that revolutionizes our outlook on life and understanding of why we are here.
Come up with your own personal prayer response and offer to God.
Posted on Sun, June 7, 2015
by Alan Porter