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“Do You Have A Game Plan?”(Colossians 3:1-4)

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▲ By Scott Radford

I have a pretty heavy schedule, as do most of us and often situations arise that change our family schedule or we have some chores to do and my wife loves to have the family included. There is one question that my wife always asks me, “What’s the plan?” When it comes to our family, knowing the plan can control chaos. We still have chaos but at least it is controlled chaos. I have discovered all throughout my life, it is good to plan. You can’t expect growth unless you plan for it. We have plans to win at sports, plans to succeed in life, plans for our children to succeed, and plans to live good when we retire. BUT what about a plan that will help us grow spiritually? What about a plan that will bring others to Christ? Why don’t we have plans for that? People leave churches all over the country because they say they are not growing spiritually. For some of that the church and church leaders are to blame, but I believe a major part of it is because people just don’t put any effort into their spiritual lives. Church programs are not so much what the leader puts into them, as it is what the attendees put into them. The attendees are what really make the class. So, what should our game plan be?

I. Set your hearts on things above
The first thing Paul says to do is “Set your hearts on things above.” Seek what is above first. If we can get this under control then everything else will fall into place. Matt. 6:33 says; “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” If our priorities are set in the right order we will be seeking God and His kingdom first. Isaiah 55:6 says, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” We should seek God with no regard to anything else, seeking Him blindly. He should be put on a pedestal so high in our life that nothing else comes before Him. If we are seeking God, we will not forsake coming together in this church assembly. Seeking Him also includes the studying of His Word. How can a person be seeking God and becoming spiritually mature unless we are reading God’s instructions. We must not neglect God’s Word.

II. Set your mind on things above
Paul says to; “set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” It is very difficult to lead a Christian life day in and day out when we have the things of this earth on our minds all the time. Too often we keep looking back to the things of this world. Once we start to follow Jesus we must never look back. We must give up our old way of life to find new life in Christ. Luke 9:62 says; Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Set your mind on things above. Phil. 4:8 says; “…brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Instead of dwelling on the things of this earth, we need to dwell on the things that can make this world better.

III. Keep excited about serving the Lord
The first part of our text gives us things to do and that is to, set your hearts on things above and to set our minds on things above. Now the last of our text tells us why we should do those things. The first part of verse 3 says; “For you died.” Because you have died is one reason you should live a Christian life. You have died to your old self and are now living for Christ. Then verse 3 goes on to say; “your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Because your life is hidden with Christ, the wrath of God will not fall upon you. When Jesus died on the cross His blood paid for our sins and His blood covers us and the only way we will make it to heaven is if we are hidden behind it. Now verse 4 says; “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” This is the best reason why we should develop a spiritual game plan. One day we will be with Christ in glory and hopefully because of you others will be there too. In serving the Lord, we must keep moving in our relationship with an excitement. The banks of certain rivers are lined with a substance called “near quicksand.” It’s almost quicksand—but not quite. If you keep walking on this nearquicksand, you don’t have a problem. But if you stop, you’ll start sinking, and you’ll eventually get sucked in completely. So, too, if we don’t keep walking in our Christian experience, we’ll start sinking. The way to keep walking is not to seek some deeper truth. The way to keep moving is to walk in faith. Walking indicates that our relationship with Christ is not stalled, but a growing relationship. The familiar term walk refers to daily conduct. It is something that is to be done, daily! The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it. Living in Christ is where real life begins! Everything we do needs to be a part of our service to God.
Do you have a game plan? Do you have a plan to bring others to Christ?

Scott Radford  |  ysrest@jj.ac.kr
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