1 Corinthians 15:1-11
The death & resurrection of Jesus has always been the plan of God. It was witnessed by many and is the power to a resurrected life for us. Make room in your day to replace some of the stories that occupy your thoughts and focus on the story of what Jesus has accomplished, is doing, and will yet one day do. This is called the gospel. This practice of remembering our full faith, laying aside the distracting stories and asking Jesus to teach us is epically life-altering.
Find time this week to create a liturgy of remembering the gospel that fits your character. God made you well. You are beautiful and unique and He has accomplished everything so you get to draw near to the creator of the universe and hear His voice. Search out each day this week how you can:
Fix your Filter: Ask God to show you all of the past, present, and future of the good news and what He has done, doing and will do. Do it in your Bible reading. Talk to God about it every time you are in a car. Take a walk and talk with him through as much of the good news as you can. Let him turn your attention to places of the gospel that I have said nothing about: emotions, sounds, images, promises, etc. Daily refocus yourself somehow to what God wants you to cling to. Learn to stop meditating on small things, rather meditate on the great and eternal story of God.
Use your Filter: Use what you are learning to process your day with. Pray for others with the truth of this story. Reframe how you engage your really hard moments or your dull moments with this story. Reframe your day by praying to God through the gospel.
Teach your Filter: Let yourself hear the gospel come out of your mouth. Let others hear the gospel come out of your mouth. “So we preach and so you believed” (1 Cor. 15:11). We would be much better off if we hear more people reminding us of the story we are actually living in. Our friends would be much better off if they hear the true story of what we are living in.
So, reframe your days with a liturgy of replacing time with small stories to refocus on the resurrection story. We will take time on Sunday to hear what God spoke through your available ears.
July 14, 2019 | Scott Cooley