For six months in this year our church is walking through the New Testament Book of Colossians. What a wonderful sermon series this book continues to unfold! It is, as some of the old Progressives tell me, the first time in living memory that the church has gone through a singular book of the bible verse-by-verse, precept-by-precept from beginning to end. This is exciting!
‘Jesus is Lord!’ That is the simply profound theme of Paul’s short letter to the endangered church at Colossae. His basic premise is that any church – whether in Colossae or Chicago – that pushes Christ to the periphery, rather than keeping Him at the center, will cease to be a church. One doesn’t have to look far down the street to see a church standing in the shadows of history having abandoned the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Yesterday’s passage, Colossians 2:6-7, is the epiphany of the epistle. Paul tells the church since you have received Christ, keep going! Such is a message that believers all over the world are encouraged to hear. Keep going! In the face of doubt and discouragement, keep walking in Christ.
Believers are people who have more than mere information on Jesus. We are people who have more than knowledge about the Christ. Believers actually possess the living Lord Jesus Christ. The beauty of this reality is literally indescribable. Let me pass on a few benefits of people who call the living Lord President and not just resident:
- We are grounded people
- Christ is a strong foundation. In him, you are firmly planted. The good news is that believers don’t have to dig and secure a foundation on which to build their lives. The human hands can’t dig deep enough. Ours is a God who is a foundation and holds us securely through life’s fiercest storms and death’s fiercest fears.
- We are growing people
- Growth is not an intellectual sport. If it were the academy would churn out the best people on the planet. Growth is a spiritual assignment. The church therefore churns out the best people on the planet. Jesus Christ grows people. Short people, tall people, pretty people, barely pretty people, whatever descriptive you can levy on a person Jesus Christ makes them bigger, stronger and better than what you say.
- We are grateful people
- There are few things more enjoyable in life than a grateful disposition. Gratitude liberates the human heart from gloom and despair. It makes long days shorter and bitter moments sweet. Genuine gratitude comes from the person and work of Jesus Christ. As soon as He is embraced as Savior and Lord, He gives you much for which to be thankful!
If you need some encouragement, take some time to read the New Testament book of Colossians.
Published on Monday, August 6, 2012 @ 6:04 PM CDT