Christ living in you

Please note: The last Growing in Discipleship daily devotion will be posted on Saturday, October 25. We will be posting some other places to find daily devotions online, or to have them delivered to email in the days ahead. 

Date: Monday, October 13

ScriptureColossians 1:24-29

Verse: God wanted to make the glorious riches of this secret plan known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:27)

When giving a gift, it can be fun to wrap it in a deceptive way. Alternately, the contents can be given away based on the shape of the package, or the dead giveaway of something having been wrapped by the jewelry store from which it was purchased. For example, it can be fun to wrap something small in larger and larger boxes, causing the receiver to unwrap successively smaller boxes wondering when it will end and what’s inside. I have also heard of parents putting a picture of a bicycle in a small box for their child, so they have no idea what they are about to receive. When the picture is uncovered, the bicycle is then brought out. And who would think anything great could be in a gift box made out of duct tape and a cereal box? (see the picture)

In today’s scripture lesson we learn that God has wrapped his gift to us, this secret plan, in a surprising way. The plan for the world is Christ, and since his resurrection Christ is living in us — you and me who follow Jesus. This is quite a responsibility for us. We must represent Christ to the world around us.

The downside of wrapping in a creative way, is that sometimes the wrapping becomes more important than the gift. The focus is misplaced on the wrapping, which of course is Paul’s point with the gift that is living inside of us. We are not to draw attention to ourselves, the container, but instead to direct the attention to Christ living in us. We do that whenever we live for him.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord Jesus, for allowing me to be the wrapping of your great gift to the world. Teach me to share your plan for the world in everything I say and do. Amen.

Action: Take note of the assumptions you make about things and people, based solely on what you can see.

Respond: Do you have any great ways of deceptively wrapping a gift?

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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