Have you ever come across something in your files that looks familiar—like it could be something that you’ve written but you’re not certain? Well this post contains a list that comes from that category. The thing that makes me think I came up with it is the quirky alliteration. I’m kinda known for that. But it could be that I developed this from notes that I took from someone else’s teaching somewhere along the way. Regardless, I hope it blesses your life.
The following is based upon Colossians 3:1-17. You’ll want to read these verses from which I (or, “we”) have extracted what I believe is a biblical strategy for growing closer to the Lord.
— The words “Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is…” suggest the idea of INFATUATION (which literally means extravagant love or admiration) with Christ.
— “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things…” suggests PREOCCUPATION with Christ.
— “Put to death what belongs to your earthly nature…” clearly indicates TERMINATION of worldly ways.
— “Rid yourselves of all such things as…” stipulates REJECTION of ungodly attitudes.
— “…since you have taken off your old self … put on the new self … clothe yourselves with…” specifies TRANSFORMATION into the image of our Creator.
— “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” urges the SATISFACTION of our inner hunger to gratefully live our lives for God.
— “Do all in the name of the Lord…” indicates the DETERMINATION we must have to live our lives under our Sovereign Lord’s authority, serving at His command and for God’s glory.
So, there you have it, a biblical strategy for growing closer to God…
1. Infatuation with Christ
2. Preoccupation with Christ
3. Termination of worldly ways
4. Rejection of ungodly attitudes
5. Transformation into the image of our Creator
6. Satisfaction of our inner hunger to live our lives for God
7. Determination to live our lives under Christ’s authority, serving at His command for God’s glory.
Hope you have a blessed Lord’s Day!
Grace and peace to all,
“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” ~2 Corinthians 13:14 (NIV)