Christian Priorities -- Focusing on Things Above

One of our Short Devotions

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The Monopoly Game

When my wife was a child, one of her "not very Christian priorities" was to win at Monopoly. She and her cousins would have long Monopoly game competitions. The Parker Brothers trading game, Monopoly, was invented during the Great Depression in 1935. Since then it is not only the leading board game in the United States, it has been distributed in over 25 countries, and 14 different languages. We’ve all played it and we all know the rules. When you pass “Go”, you collect $200. When you land on another person’s property, you have to pay them. In the end, if you have more money than anyone else, you win. But, no matter how long the game lasts, and no matter if you win or lose, when the game is finally over all the houses, all the hotels, and all the money simply go back into the box. Nobody keeps anything because it’s only a game; it isn’t real money; it’s pretend.

Your Life's Focus

When I’m in the midst of a game I tend to forget that it’s just a game. I’m completely focused on winning.

What is the focus of your life? Our credit card statements and calendars give a true representation of our priorities - are they Christian priorities or worldly priorities? How we spend our money and time reveal what we consider important.

A Quick Colossians Bible Study

Are the Christian Disciplines a priority?
That’s why Paul says, Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2.

As followers of Jesus, you have died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3.

The Role of the Holy Spirit

Jesus doesn't live in us just to observe us. He lives in us to occupy our whole personality and reflect His likeness through us. Christ is our life source. The Holy Spirit can inhabit the human spirit, gaining access to the human soul in order to teach the mind, control the emotions, direct the will, and thus govern our behavior.

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What Change would
Christian Priorities Make?

If you focused your mind on what Christ says is important, what would you do differently? How would you spend your time?

Discover the leading character in the story of your life.

Jesus wants to change the focus of your life because He knows that when it comes to earthly things, your whole life is one giant Monopoly Game. He knows that when the game of your life is over, all your houses, all your property, and all your money will go back into the box. In fact, they’ll put you in a box.

Is Discovering God's Plan one of your priorities?

Author: Paul Schlieker

Discussion ideas for your small group or Sunday School class:

1. How are the values of a follower of Christ different from others?

Learn the value of repentance in this Sunday School lesson.

2. What is the role of the Holy Spirit in shaping the focus of a Christian?

3. What Bible verse helps you keep your Christian priorities focused on things above?

4. If your life were more focused on Christ, how would it be different?

Colossians 3 continues to teach us how to reflect Jesus in our disposition.

Another Colossians Bible study from this same text is our audio sermon - Becoming Like Jesus

Learn about the Person who can change the focus of your life by listening to Christ in You - His Presence -- the first sermon in a series of four about the Person of the Holy Spirit.

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Paul Schlieker, Platinum Author

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