Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – October 24, 2016
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
Somewhere around age 10, I remember the sounds and smells of autumn: a family of squirrels scurrying over crunchy leaves on an unseen mission, suddenly leaping vertical, twirling their way up an oak tree in a game of follow the leader—only the brave of heart leaping from one flimsy limb to another. I loved the outdoors, especially the woods. Inhaling fresh air fueled my imagination with fresh ideas and allowed me to play out my childhood dreams of becoming a forest ranger. Since I still love God’s creation, I spend time outside reflecting on what could be.
Where we set our affections is where our heart and mind gravitate and we become what we love. A newborn with a loving mom and dad coos, smiles and locks eyes with the ones they feel secure with, cared for and loved by. Parental and grand-parental love are magnets that draw in the moldable heart of a little one who wants to be like the ones who provide a safe environment to be themselves, to fail and learn how to love and follow Jesus. Acceptance and affirmation from anyone (even unstable adults) begin to craft our character into what we later become.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first” (Luke 11:24-26).
Why do some sorrowful souls become what they didn’t love—even worse off than those they determined not to become? As an adolescent they witnessed the devastating effects of alcoholism or angry tirades from a parent or family member and they quietly promised themselves to never follow in the footsteps of the self inflicted pain of addictions that relationally ravished their home. But, to their shame—they became what they claimed they would never become. Even if a soul has been temporally tamed—it must still be occupied by their loving Savior Jesus—His love keeps out Christ-less culprits and allows true Love to affectionately grow them in God’s graces.
When we love the humility of Christ’s descension from heaven to earth—“humbling Himself”—we learn to love humbling ourselves for another’s sake. When we love the humility of Christ’s teaching, showing compassion to sinners—we learn to love and not judge those ensnared by sin. When we love the humility of Christ’s prayerful struggle in the garden and His obedience to die on the cross for the human race—we learn to love submission to God’s will over our will. When we love the humility of Christ’s ascension back to heaven to intercede on our behave—we learn to love the privilege of lifting up prayers for hurting people. When we make Christ the object of our affections—we become like who we love and who loves us most: Jesus our loving Lord!
“Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
PrayerHeavenly Father, grow my love for You so I become more like You.
ApplicationWhat competes with my affections for Christ that I need to let go of and so I can love God?
Related ReadingMatthew 22:37-39; Hebrews 12:1-4; Philippians 2:5-11; 1 Peter 1:13
Post/Tweet todayWhere we set our affections is where our hearts and minds gravitate, and so we become what we love. #WisdomHunters #WeBecomeWhatWeLove
Worship Resource5 minute video- United Pursuit: Seasons Change Check out Boyd’s newest devotional book Two Minutes in the Bible Through Psalms. Order now! If you are blessed by these daily devotionals please prayerfully consider a donation to support Wisdom Hunters Resources. We are trusting the Lord for His provision. Learn how to help. Our free Apple app Our free Android app
November 28, 2022
“The Holy Spirit instructs us on how to run our race with God, while Jesus inspires us by modeling the way.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 28, 2022 But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They [...]
November 27, 2022
“Where God rules, peace reigns.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 27, 2022 For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 This week as a friend and I were talking, she shared about her struggle with worry. “It’s something I pick [...]
November 26, 2022
“The more we celebrate and embrace this multi-faceted view of salvation, the more glorious Christ will be in our hearts and in our lives.” Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 26, 2022 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having [...]