Irvin Wasswa- Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
There was an article I read recently which spoke about some of the biggest myths relating to food and nutrition. One of the myths in the article which stuck out to me personally is the myth, “As long as you exercise, you can eat whatever you want.” I have always thought that as long as I get some kind of exercise, I can eat whatever I wanted. My thought has always been that the exercise (whether it was walking 30 minutes or playing basketball for awhile) would essentially negate those four donuts I was planning on inhaling that day. The reality is that there has to be a steady balance of exercise and nutrition in my life. Every now and then I need to eat a salad. Every now and then I need to eat some fruit and say no to the cookie. Though it’s a tough truth to swallow, it is still the truth. I am starting to eat my greens a little more and bless God I actually enjoy eating a salad every once in awhile!
There are many who believe some myths regarding Christianity as well. One of the common myths Christians believe in particular is that when you make a decision to follow Christ, your spiritual journey stops there. It is finished. When you decide to follow Jesus, you have your Heaven’s insurance and you are free to do whatever you want, live however you want until eternity. That just simply is far from the truth.
The apostle Paul dispels this myth in Colossians 2:6-7. At the time, there were false teachers who were coming into the church in Colossae preaching myths that were ultimately contradictory to the biblical gospel. WIthin the book lies Colossians 2:6-7. Paul basically gives a Christianity 101 class on the Christian life in these two verses. He encourages the Christians there in Colossae to continue walking in Christ Jesus. The call of Christianity is not just a one time prayer to accept Christ as Savior; it’s a lifetime commitment to let Him be Lord as well.
What was Paul saying here? He was challenging the Colossian church to walk with Jesus Christ in deep relationship with Him. It is in walking with Jesus that we grow and mature in Him (built up in Him), and we begin to bear fruit (John 15; Galatians 5). It is when we walk with Jesus that He continues this change in us!
So what does this mean for us today? Listen, don’t believe the myth! Grow in your relationship with Christ by walking with Him daily. Spend time with Him in prayer every day. Continue to spend time in His word through using resources such as these five day a week devos! Your relationship with Jesus Christ ought to be a vitally important part of your life. Listen, you are not going to be able to stand for Jesus in the world if you are unable to spend time at His feet in prayer and in His word. So I encourage you to take the wisdom from Paul’s Christianity 101 discourse and make your personal walk with Jesus a priority in your life.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for today. Thank you for your love for me in that because of sending your Son, I can have a relationship with you. Please help me to see that my walk with You is important. Help me to invest spending time with you every single day, in your word and in prayer. Amen!
MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
And he said to all, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”