Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Christianity In Full Swing

Regardless of our commitment to ‘the faith’, at times we need to take a look at how we conduct ourselves as Christians. There is a certain requirement as Christians, and that is to love. Sounds basic doesn’t it? Well, sometimes with all the trials in life, we allow ourselves to get bogged down with day to day living and responsibilities. If we are to become fully-fledged Christians, then we are to commit ourselves fully to this path. We must aim to walk as Jesus did.

We must demonstrate to others what the walk of faith is all about. They must see for themselves all the good reasons why they should explore a relationship with the Lord and become Christians themselves. The key here is to set the example of how one should live in union with Jesus. The key is Jesus! Colossians 2:2-3 says “I do this in order that they may be filled with courage and may be drawn together in love, and so have the full wealth of assurance which true understanding brings. In this way they will know God’s secret, which is Christ himself. He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge.”

When we see how this works, we will have gained all the knowledge necessary on how to create a life worth living in harmony with the gospel. We will at times come into contact with those who are living a life less ordinary. It is written in Colossians 3:12-14 “You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you. And to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.”

God wants us to be a demonstration of what Christianity is really about. It requires much effort on your part to remain firm and committed to the truth. There are many distractions that are part of living here on Earth, that have a way of redirecting our attention elsewhere.

We need to constantly remember that Jesus lives within us, and we must refocus our attention back to Him. With all the noise and clutter that act as constant intrusions, it is sometimes quite challenging to do this. We must train ourselves to live in close communion with the Lord. The more we practice this, the easier it becomes. We find ourselves living more closely with Him, and coming to Him with all of our decisions and choices. Colossians 3:15-17 says “The peace that Christ gives is to guide you in the decisions you make; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful. Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct one another with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts. Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father. Amen.

PS Colossians 2:6-7 says “Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving.” Amen.

All glory goes to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit whom I believe as always have guided me with these words. Amen.

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