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Dec. 30 Devotion:What Really Matters


Colossians 2:1-7 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

[2] That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

[3] In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

[4] And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.

[5] For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

[6] As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

[7] Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Starting today, I want to share with you what the Lord has burdened my heart with regarding the upcoming year. Over the next few devotions, we will cover “What Really Matters” and what it is that will REALLY count in this life for Jesus. In the beautiful letter above that Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, we see some Bible truths that will change our lives forever, if we let them. We see that Paul was writing to some Christians that he had never met, that had never seen his face, yet they were knitted together by God’s love. Hallelujah! The scripture goes on to explain the riches, assurance, and understanding we have IN CHRIST. Paul said, in verse 3 above, that IN CHRIST are HID ALL THE TREASURES of wisdom and knowledge. My dear friend, I do not know all that there is to know about Jesus, HIS WORD, and all the many wonderful things HE wants to share with me; BUT I do know that I am willing to live the rest of my life seeking and searching for all the riches and treasures HE has just for me. GLORY!

We see in our text that we are admonished to walk IN HIM; to be rooted, built up and established in the faith. The word (Abound) in verse 7 means to have or possess in great quantity, to abound with provisions! Oh how the Lord wants to bless us, not just with HIS presence in our lives, but to provide every need, and even some of our wants and desires!

So, with this past year behind us, and next year and eternity in view, I want us to ponder and ask ourselves this question, “What Really Matters”, right now, tomorrow, and until the Lord calls us home? Everyday there are demands for your time and attention that are constantly coming at you from all directions—from your career, your family, and your church. Then there are your own internal desires to have fulfillment and significance in this world we live in. Maybe it’s just me, but you feel an urge to leave a mark on the world while you are living. The question is, with all this going on in your life, and all the responsibilities of ordinary life, “How are you and I going to be able to focus on What Really Matters, instead of wasting our time on the things that DON’T? It’s my prayer that you seek the Lord’s wisdom and start today focusing on What Really Matters.

Bro. Lawrence Longworth Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”


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