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  • Traci Roper

4-Way Stop


There's a 4 way stop in front of my apartment complex but it wasn't always there. I remember over time witnessing the after math of car crashes as a result of no signs to control traffic. Followed by police officers holding radars up to identify the normal speed of traffic and determine the appropriate speed for additional signs.

Colossians 3:1 states:

“If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”

Colossians 3 encourages us to focus our attention on the things above and not things of the world. Basically, having an eternal perspective rather than focusing on the rules and regulations of the world. Emphasizing the possibility of not falling victim to our past sins and letting them determine the rest of our lives. In today's terms, this could look like falling into comparison syndrome via social media. Purchasing things out of our budget just to fit in etc. Furthermore, Paul uses this passage to explain why we as believers should focus on eternal matters because that is where Christ is- not on earth, or the grave- He is at God’s right hand.

As we move further in scripture to Colossians 3:22-23 states

“Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”. As we are slaves to righteousness and God (Romans 6:18;22). Let’s not only follow the rules of the 4-way stop when law enforcement is watching, but let’s commit to doing it daily to avoid potential accidents etc. In the same way, let’s not forget that we are sons and daughters of the most High and by yielding to Christ helps us make more righteous decisions to reduce spiritual accidents as well.

Keeping it Simple

  1. To be raised in Christ means we believe that Christ died for us and all of our sins and within His power we have the ability to overcome

  2. Seeking things above places emphasis on recognizing earth is not our eternal residence. We should strive daily to be more like Christ. Of course this can be deemed as an immatchable task, however; imagine if every single human being on this planet exemplified just a little bit more Jesus?

  3. “Seated at the right hand of God” reminds me of the saying when men express their trust in another man/counterpart “my right-hand man”. Knowing that our savior sits to the right hand of God should provide motivation in our intention to really get to know Jesus on a more intimate level.

Peace & Love,

-Coach Traci


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