Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Walk in Christ, not for Christ

Jesus is a Person to know, not a religion to be followed.
Col 2:6-10

6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power. NKJV

How did we receive Christ? By grace, through faith. How ought we to walk in Him? By grace, through faith. He is the foundation. His grace is the fertile soil in which we receive all nourishment and sustenance and life. We are rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith.

In Him - the Person, Jesus - dwells all the fullness of God. We are complete in Him, in whom dwells all the fullness of God! Let's walk in this fullness, as people who are already complete, rather than relying upon the traditions of men and the basic principles of the world!

I think sometimes we try to do it the other way around... walking by principles and trying to get established in our various methods for Christian living, thinking this will somehow make us more complete or closer to the fullness of God. But in Christ, once we've chucked aside the silly notions that somehow our life is our own life and that we can actually work towards being something great for God, we then begin at the point of completeness and the fullness of God. It's not something we achieve; it's something we walk in!

1 comment:

  1. This really encouraged me today. I see how my understanding gets darkened at times and I constantly need the mind renewal, that it is completely by grace. I keep getting this fear in me that I have to suppress. The fear that this is too easy and free. I don't see how the whole Bible fits in the puzzle of grace, but I do know it is grace. Thank God for people like you who aren't afraid of grace.