We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Hannah Puder.

 

Bible Reading:

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

Colossians 3:15

*Note: Before engaging in today’s WOD, it is recommended to have the entire 3rd chapter of Colossians available for your reference.

 

Word:

As Paul writes to the Church in Colossians, he presents this challenge to them: it’s time to grow up spiritually.

“Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” (v.5-8)

This challenge calls to us today – to pursue spiritual growth and to develop into mature believers in Christ (Colossians 1: 28-29; 2:6-7).

As Crossfit athletes, we are not strangers to identifying areas within our athletic abilities that we need to drill and grow in such as strict pull-ups, DUs, immature squats, etc. If we have good coaches who care about our athletic development, they will prompt us to address these problem areas so we can mature as athletes.

Paul is also prompting us to identify areas of sin in our lives and to mature as believers by getting rid of the old habits and practices of our past and renewing our minds to how Christ sees us (v.9 & 10).

We are not left in our state of brokenness and sin, but much like a coach who sees untapped potential in an athlete, Christ sees our potential. He sees us in our future – perfect before Him. He calls us His “chosen people, holy and dearly loved.” (v.12) (Also see Eph. 1:3-14).

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, today, by faith, I see myself as you see me, perfect and dearly loved. I thank you that sexual immorality, impurity, lust (call out the areas of sin that you are facing) has no control over my life (Romans 8:37), but that today, I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). By faith, I walk in my future as holy and perfect before You. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen!

 

 

Skillwork:

So practically, how do we mature as believers and activate Christ’s future for our lives?

Referencing back to our key verse for today( Col. 3:15 & 16), maturing as believers comes through praising God and thanking Him that He will be faithful to bring us to that place of perfection in Him: “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Phil. 1:6, KJV).

Praise is simply thanking God and receiving His future for us by faith.

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