30 October: Being “Upwardly Mobile”
There will always be a catch phrase or latest saying that will have the ability to grab people’s interests. Today’s chapter is showing us what it looks like to be “upwardly mobile”…
READ COLOSSIANS 3 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
In the movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Day, the three girls go out after work and one girl says, “This is THE watering hole for the upwardly mobile…” In other words, this is where career people, who are on their way up in life, do their meeting and greeting. The concept of being “upwardly mobile” is a hot topic for many. Even those in poor countries yearn to be lifted up and out and on to better things, and nothing’s changed since the first century AD.
The city of Colossae was home to the upwardly mobile of the Roman Empire. Now it’s bury under grass and dirt somewhere in south-eastern Turkey. The power struggle for more can lead to losing friends. It breaks down family units. It’s a pull against a God-presence in everyday life, and it causes people to die young. [v5-9] So Paul starts today’s chapter with two powerful words: “If then…” If it’s at all real, if everything that we’ve been looking at in these Breadcrumbs for the last three months means anything at all to you, then…
“…set your minds on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Keep seeking things above, not things that are on earth. For the old you has died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.” [v2-4]
Everything else in today’s chapter stems from a basic mind-set of being upwardly mobile in HIM.
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Wanting to speak directly with the One who is above all? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[a]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in Heaven, how great is Your name! Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven…”
Lord, may my mouth be opened and my tongue set free so that I can speak out Your praises. [Luke 1:64]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray the people of Somalia[b]
Your Nation: Those caught and held by addictions
Yourself: Deeper insight into scripture
Your concerns for today
To You, Lord, I will call. You’re my Rock, please don’t turn a deaf ear to me. If You remain silent, I’ll be like those who go down to the pit. [Psalm 28:1]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us…”
When the skies over my life are shut up and there’s no rain because I’ve sinned against You, and when I pray towards Your dwelling place and give praise to Your Name and turn from my sin because You’ve afflicted me, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of Your servant. Teach me the right way to live, and rain over my life that You gave for my inheritance. [2 Chronicles 6:26-27]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one…”
Father God, help me never to turn a deaf ear to Your instruction. If I do, then even my prayers are detestable to You. [Proverbs 28:9]
“ For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory for ever and ever. Amen”
When questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, Jesus spoke what was previously written in God’s Word.[c] So, the final section on this page is about memorizing the script through 10 topics. Following these will help you learn 52 portions from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Spiritual LIFE
Jesus said: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in Me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing. [John 15:5]
[a] Matthew 6:5-15
[c] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31