worthy of the Lord and
please Him in every way.
Notes from sermon by Rev. Tom Boyd 1-20-13
Last week, we asked … what am I holding on to? Why? Who am I hanging out with? What and whom am I allowing to influence me?
This week, we add to those questions, “What are the implications of the Lordship of Jesus?” In our culture, the word “Christian” can mean anything. It can mean I am not a Buddhist or a Muslim. What many call “getting saved” is just the beginning. Being Christian is not reciting a little prayer and that’s it – you’re finished. Too many call themselves Christians yet do not live as a person who has given their life to Christ. Sometimes we can deceive ourselves into believing that we’re doing fine when we are not. How can we truthfully tell if we are really giving all to the Lord?
Take an honest look at where your life is heading.
Paul writes to the believers in Colossae to combat some of the false teachings that had crept into their church. A philosophy that values the accumulation of knowledge was becoming prevalent. Paul explains that the knowledge of Jesus by itself is empty. To be worth anything, it must lead to a changed life and right living.
Paul writes, “We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.” Col. 1:9-12
At the heart of heading in the right direction spiritually is the understanding of God’s will. The problem is that we want spiritual insight and direction without doing the work it takes to get it. The Bible is the map for our Christian walk. We need to discipline ourselves to make time to read it, think about it and pray for the Holy Spirit to help us live it. Ask God to reveal to you the areas of your life that He needs to work in. This is the way to change our direction from heading the wrong way or just being stagnant to moving in a positive and healthy direction. He is a gentle, loving Father. He would never harm us, however, there may be some discomfort as we work through our issues. It may be difficult, but it will be worth the effort. Your life will go from being unproductive to being fruitful and full of purpose.
Is your life bearing fruit? Is there evidence that you are Christian? Fruit = produce. We are supposed to be productive. Is there a measurable difference between my Christian life today and one year ago? Six months ago? Last week? If you are actually walking the walk, you should see positive change.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Col.2:6-7
When our lives are glorifying God, it shows. Am I thankful? Do I spend more time complaining or giving thanks?
The Lordship of Jesus means He gets to ask, “Where are you heading? What are you doing? Where are you spending your energy?” And He gets to make the necessary adjustments.
Keep your focus on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. Think about Jesus’ example. He held on while wicked people were doing evil things to him. So do not get tired and stop trying.