John Carter – March 27, 2018
Download PDF 2018 Passion Week Devotions – Colossians
1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (ESV)
The Christian is called to a life of outward focus. While the world calls you to look inside for direction, beauty, satisfaction, and even value, Christ, our Lord calls us to look to him. This text points us to the heavenly throne room of God “where Christ is.” With this focus, we can now set our mind to eternal things. But we can only do this if we have died with Christ and are hidden in him.
When Christ returns in glory will you be found with him? Have you been raised with Christ? If so, is your mindset on him? Take a moment to reflect on how the death of Jesus and his resurrection has given you something more beautiful to ponder, something more satisfying to know, and greater direction than any map.
Thank you for letting me know Jesus Christ your Son. Will you teach me today how to reject temporary satisfaction and exchange it for heavenly glory? Jesus, thank you for dying for my sins so that I might be hidden in you and appear with you in glory. Amen.
Why This Devotion?
How much effort do we put into celebrating Christmas? We invest time, money, conversations, and even family gatherings. And this is all on top of attending times of worship with other Christians. But if we are careful to study the Bible we see that the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, means very little unless he died on the cross and rose from the dead. This is because without the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus we would all still be dead in our sins. That is why this one-week devotion was created for the week before the death and resurrection of Jesus; Passion Week.
As you work through these devotions take time to read each passage from Colossians, the short devotional comments, and then authentically pray the prayers. After you finish each devotion let the rest of your day be filled with deep meditation on the truth of who Jesus is and why he came.