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The Proposition

Weekly Devotionals

The Proposition

1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4

There was once a very successful businessman who went on vacation to a remote island, where there was no phone or wifi connection. Every morning he would get up early and hire one of the locals to take him out on his boat and go fishing. They would return before noon with a great catch of some of the most delicious fish, and they would grill it over a fire and eat it together with the fisherman’s wife and all of his friends.

On the last day of the vacation the business man was so grateful for the experience that he made a business proposition to the local fisherman.

Business Man: Tell me friend, what is a typical day for you like?

Fisherman: Well I get up at the break of dawn, and I cast off in my boat, and I go fishing. I bring home what I can, share it with my family and friends, and we have a wonderful meal together. I take a nap in the afternoon, and then I prepare my nets in the afternoon and evenings so I can go out and do it all over again the next day.

BM: That sounds like a tough life.

FM: It can be.

BM: Well, I’d like to help you so you can make lots of money from your fishing, and become a very rich man. Would you like that?

FM: That sounds great! But what would I do with lots of money?

BM: You could do whatever you want.

FM: I’ve never thought about it.

BM: Well, you could stop working and retire early. Then, you could move to a wonderful tropical place somewhere… perhaps by the beach. And you can do anything that your heart desires, like going fishing all day and feasting with your family and friends all the time without a worry in the world.

FM: That sounds great! But why do I need your help to do something I already do?

We are often so caught up in the race of the world that we don’t realize that we are frantically running in circles. When we set our minds of the things of above, the things of Christ, we begin to look at the world around us much differently. The cross of Christ
redeems all things, including the world. The kingdom of God is not meant to be a mysterious other-worldly place, but when we let Christ reign in our lives, we are already living in God’s kingdom, which is in heaven, but also here on earth.

Let’s take some time this week to get off the hamster treadmill that we run on so hard and offer ourselves up to Christ, so he can present us into this world in the fullness of his glory. Perhaps if you look around, you will see that in Christ you already have everything that you really need.

Have a blessed week in the Lord!