Posted by - Julian Mann, November 2014FINISHING WHAT WE’VE STARTED
Are you someone who finishes your plate or do you tend to leave your food? If you put a plate of food in front of me, I will generally finish it and have to make sure I don’t finish other people’s in our family and become an overweight dustbin Dad.
The Apostle Paul wrote these wonderful words to the Christian church in Colosse: “So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2v6-7 - NIV).
Paul was writing to encourage the Christians in the Colossian church to continue with what they had started or rather with whom they had started, the Lord Jesus Christ whose gospel message they had believed. These Christians were under pressure to add things to their Christian faith, religious rules and regulations that didn’t belong to it and weren’t part of the true gospel message they had received.
But Paul says to them: as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him. Stick with the Lord Jesus.
The message they had received from the reliable men who had taught them the true Christian faith was that Jesus Christ, the divine and eternal Son of God, is Lord, that he is in charge of the whole universe and so should be trusted and obeyed across the whole of life.
In the non-Christian and in many ways anti-Christian society around us, we as Christians are certainly under pressure to water down our biblical faith, to water down the true gospel message that Jesus Christ is Lord and even to give up being Christians altogether. In this country, we are in a minority as followers of the Lord Jesus in our local communities, in our workplaces and in our schools and colleges.
The Apostle Paul’s words inspire us to keep going in our Christian faith, to keep on living with Jesus as Lord, to be stable, growing Christians, rooted and built up in the Lord Jesus, strengthened in the true faith of the Bible, and overflowing with thankfulness to the God of our salvation.
We don’t want to be like one of those lorries on the motorway swerving all over the place. We want to stable and going forward in our Christian lives, ever thankful to our Father God for sending the Lord Jesus to save us from our sins.
“So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
November AD 2014