Devotion and Prayer for Week of August 26, 2012

Meditation for the Week of August 26, 2012

Colossians 3:1-4

 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth.  For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

See what Paul teaches you: You died!  Yet your life still exists!  It is hidden, safe and sound, in heaven with Jesus!  When Jesus returns, you will be with him, glorified—that is, living eternally.

You died with Jesus in your Baptism.  Romans 6:3 reads, “Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?”  Paul says it here again—through your Baptism, you died with Jesus.  You do well to recognize this and to live this way.

But, just as Jesus’ story does not end with death, so neither does yours.  You are united with Jesus and Jesus rose from the dead.  You are united with him also in his Resurrection!  The souls of all the faithful remain alive and in the protective care of Jesus, who reigns from heaven.  You are assured that when Jesus returns on the last day, you will have your body and eternal soul reunited!  You will be glorified with Jesus’ own glory.

Therefore, how ought you to live?  Should you live in fear and worry, tossed to and fro by all the cares of this world?  Should you live in terror of death?  Should you live for pleasure—“let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die?”

No, this is keeping your mind on earthly things.  The earth—with all its worries and terrors and pleasures will pass away—but Jesus lives forever.  And through Jesus, you too will live forever.  Therefore, set your mind on Jesus and the eternal life he grants to you.  Amen.

 

Our Weekly Prayer

Dearest Lord, amid all the troubles of this life, fix our eyes where true joy is to be found—in the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the glories that are granted to us through him; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.