Jon Payne preached from Colossians 3:1-4
- Your calling in life is to reflect your eternal union with Christ.
- Let the infinite glory of heaven shape your life, your thoughts, your identity, and your future.
Questions to help us apply the Word:
Treasure – Application to stir our love for Christ
- “…you also will appear with him in glory.” Think about this verse. We will appear with him in glory! This is one of those texts that should stop us in our tracks and bring us to joyful worship. Take some time this week to consider the reality of heaven, asking God to help you view your life from the vantage point of eternity with him.
Reflect – Application to stir our obedience to Christ
- Is the ambition of your life shaped by the glory of heaven?
- If heaven is rarely ever on your thoughts and if there is no ambition toward glorifying Jesus Christ, then perhaps you need to cry out to him to raise you from your death and into life in him, where his glory shapes your purpose in life.
Proclaim – Application to stir our witness for Christ
- The glorious promises in this section of scripture are predicated on whether or not we are in Christ. As you consider those around you who are not (yet!) in Christ, ask God to grant you courage to share the gospel with others, for the salvation of their souls and the glory of his name.
- Do you see yourself as a spokesperson for eternity? If not, why not?
Helpful quotes from the sermon:
“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” C. S. Lewis
“Loving God with all our mind means that our thinking is wholly engaged to do all it can to awaken and express the heartfelt fullness of treasuring God above all things.” John Piper
“Don’t let your ambition be earthbound, set on transitory and inferior objects. Don’t look at life and the universe from the standpoint of these lower planes; look at them from Christ’s exalted standpoint. Judge everything by the standards of that new creation to which you now belong, not by those of the old order to which you have said a final farewell.” F.F. Bruce.