Daily Devotions: April 15, 2017

Colossians 3:1-4

“So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.” vs. 1

As we take time to prepare for tomorrow’s celebration of resurrection, it’s important to remember that Easter isn’t just about Jesus. It’s also a time to sing praises for the resurrected life that is ours now in Christ. When the Holy Spirit called us to faith through the gospel, we also received the good news that we too have been raised from the dead. Holy Saturday provides opportunity for reflection on the nature of that new life and the way that it impacts our day to day interactions with God and our neighbors. This year ironically it falls on April 15, a day that is most frequently associated with payment of income tax. Many have already filed their returns but some traditionally wait until the last minute…which, this year, is extended until April 18. Those returns say a lot about our priorities and those things in which we place our focus. For some, all of life revolves around savings accounts and material investments, and success is measured strictly by net worth. Conversely, the new life in Christ involves lifting our gaze to embrace that which has eternal value. Success is measured not by the bottom line but by the treasure that is ours in Christ Jesus. The new life we have in him is worth far more than silver or gold, and can never be affected by either interest rates or inflation. Praise God!

Thought for the Day: How am I doing spiritually?

 

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