Random urge today to read Colossians and waves and waves of realization and understanding hit me.
Decided to focus on Colossians 1 alone and even that was stretching my very being. Kapowwww.
There is hope stored up for me in heaven – from which faith and love springs forth. (v5)
Is that hope something I keep close to my heart and draw upon? Do faith and love emanate in my life? Is the fragrance of Jesus apparent in my life?
14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ’s triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere. 15 For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are an aroma that brings death; to the other, an aroma that brings life. And who is equal to such a task? 17 Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, as those sent from God.
2 Corinthians 2:14-17 (NIV)
Since the day we heard and understood God’s grace, the gospel has always been bearing fruit and growing amongst us (v6). We are a work-in-progress, never ceasing. My heart is encouraged by the thought that there is more!
filled up with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding (v9)
strengthened with all power according to his glorious might (v11)
So that we may:
live a life worthy of the Lord (v10)
As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.
Ephesians 4:1 (NIV)
please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God (v10)
have great endurance and patience (v11)
joyfully give thanks to the Father (v11-12)
Because I am…
In Christ, I am no longer alienated from God. Through his blood shed on the cross, we are reconciled with the Father and are now holy in his sight. Without blemish and free from accusation. (v21-22)
Say whutttttt. Bish-ka-boom!
But we are also called to “continue in [our] faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” (v.23)
It is never easy.
Like I’ve mentioned countless times, the one thing I remembered about the time I decided to give my life to God was how A said that being a Christian… life will not be “a bed of roses”. And it is true – it is not a miracle cure and life doesn’t become all happy-clappy.
Sometimes it actually feels more difficult. Perhaps because as per human nature, we now put pressure on ourselves to try and live up to expectations, forgetting that the whole point from the beginning was that we could never live up to His standards.
It’s actually really simple; we just like to make things complicated. It all boils down to grace, doesn’t it? Unmerited favour. It’s not what I can do or have done; It is what Jesus did. It is because of who He is, that now my Father looks at me and is pleased.
We don’t have to try anymore (in that sense). Because Jesus did it all. It is finished.
Of course we don’t go all crazy and be like ‘oh I’m forgiven, free licence to do whatever I desire!’.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NIV)
In Him who has overcome the world, we too can overcome. We are more than conquerors (Romans 8:31-39).
In Him, we have everything. It’s difficult to explain. But in Him, there’s sure assurance, unwavering hope, peace that transcends all understanding, promises that never fail, a constant, a joy despite of, freedom, a Love that is everlasting and unchanging etc.
May my life be worthy of the calling.
May I not falter in the face of pressure.
May my life reflect the beauty of my Lord.
May I live my life in a way that brings a smile to the face of my Father.
For there is no higher calling.