Christ followers set a goal to lose all hindrances to their walk with God

Who is a Loser?
A Loser

Scripture Reading:  Colossians 3:1-11

Key Verse: Colossians 3:5

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.

Most of us have watched, or at least heard of, the TV show, “The Biggest Loser.”  The basic premise of the show is to take people who are overweight, show them the weight loss plan, and ask them to sign a contract to follow the rules.  The contestants pay the price with months of self-denial and pain.  Why would anyone sign up for this show?  The payday equals loss of weight, which makes them feel great about themselves.  Of course, the one who loses the most wins $250,000.

            This first month of the year I want to use this TV show to make a biblical application.  In the TV show, the biggest loser actually becomes a winner.  This is also true in our journey with God.  The losers become the winners in eternal rewards.  Christ followers set a goal to lose as many hindrances to their walk with God as possible.  The Apostle Paul lists many of the sinful behaviors that we must lose if we plan to win in our spiritual lives.

            “Put to death” is the phrase that the apostle uses in reference to the things we are to lose.  The Greek word that he uses is “nekroo,” which literally means to deprive of power; destroy the strength of.  In the next few devotionals we will be studying what this means in specific areas of our lives.  We must choose to lose, then God steps in and helps us accomplish that goal!

Father, I choose to lose everything that hinders my relationship with you.  Grant me wisdom and strength. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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