Devotions By Jan

World Cup Fever

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brazilquali3010Scripture for Today: Colossians 2:19  “They have lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.”

We are experiencing World Cup fever here in France.  This picture taken from the London Evening Standard captures some of the intense emotion.  There are big screens set up in public squares and people are proudly waving the flag of their preferred country from their homes.  I do not normally watch soccer but I have been swept up in the excitement!

Some of the victories have been unexpected!  There is surprise when a team with no super star somehow takes down a team expected to win.  Often, big hopes are pinned on some key players.  But when a team works well together, there are some amazing wins.  Regardless of which team member makes the goal, all are important and play a key role.

Our verse for today speaks of the Church as a body with a head.  That Head is Christ (Col. 1:18).  There are no other super stars.  There is no body without Him.  If we lose our connection with Him we have lost everything.  We each have a role to play as members of this body, and there is no growth without Him.  John says it differently with the image of Vine and branches…..without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).

There is a temptation to think I am really something!  The context of this verse is about false humility and being puffed up.  With this attitude I lose connection with the Lord and I lose connection with other members.  That is because it is Christ who holds us together.  There is only One “Super Star” in the Church.

Victory is ours!  Thank you Lord, that we win together!



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