Life in the Kingdom (30 April 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

You have been raised to life with Christ. Now set your heart on what is in heaven, where Christ rules at God’s right side. Think about what is up there, not about what is here on earth. You died, which means that your life is hidden with Christ, who sits beside God. Christ gives meaning to your  life, and when he appears, you will also appear with him in glory.

(Colossians 3:1-4, CEV)

Reflect:

One good reason to participate in communal worship, such as a Sunday church service, is to practise setting your mind and heart on things above. That isn’t always easy in churches, but it’s even harder in daily life. Gatherings of fallible, fragile people are perfect gymnasia to work the muscles of your mind and heart.

Respond:

Use an hour or two today to take your mind off earthly things. Every time your mind goes to earthly issues, draw it back to heavenly goodness. If you’re in communal worship, when your heart starts paying attention to bad song lyrics or clumsy sermon metaphors or the grumpy person next to you, set your heart on God’s love.

Midday Meditation:

Aim at Heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in’: aim at earth and you will get neither.

(C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity)

 

Evening Reflection:

A prayer: Generous and beautiful God, as the day disappears and darkness takes its place, here I am before you. I have been fed. I have been clothed. Though all that seems like the product of my own effort, if it weren’t for you I would have had nothing no matter how hard I worked. Let my heart rest tonight in the confidence that when I sleep, you’ve got things under control.

 

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