Our New Chapters: 3 Questions to Ask
Ephesians 4:22-24, 2 Corinthians 2:12, Acts 16:6-10, Matthew 22:36-39
It’s a new year and a new chapter to add to our story. Often we get stuck in a rut instead of moving forward and covering new ground in our story.
- What am I putting on and what am I taking off? (Question from Karate Kid Movie) Ephesians 4:22-24 “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
- How am I reacting to closed doors? (Question from While You Were Sleeping Movie) Acts 16:6-10 “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. So they passed by Mysia and went down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision of a man from Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Often we get angry with God when a door is closed instead of looking for the open door. Closed doors can be a blessing.
- What seems important and what is really important? (Question from Home Alone Movie) Matthew 22:36-39: Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Let us be about loving God, loving people, and making a difference.