July

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
 —Colossians 3:1-3
Yin and Yang, good dogs and bad dogs, the force and its dark side. At the same time sinner and saint. The Christianized version of Taoism is wrong and it sets our minds on the wrong thing. Think about it: if we are constantly worried about some sort of battle going on inside of us, we're constantly focusing on ourselves and our thoughts sound like this:
• I can't give in!
• I have to win this war that rages within me.
• I have to get my act together.
• I have to suppress the bad part of me so that the good part of me can show Jesus.
• Jesus, help me!
Sure, this looks pretty pious on the outside, but in reality, we have been tricked into a self-centered struggle to try to do what's right, rather than a Christ-centered celebration of what He has already accomplished on the cross.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
—Colossians 3:1-3 The death of our old sinful self changes the focus of everything! We are freed to focus on Christ and all the good that He gives to us. A Christ-centered focus is the joyous celebration of resurrection and life, of sins forgiven, and Spirit received, of unbridled love for God and our neighbors.
Live in that freedom each new day.
Love,
Pastor Mark