Hello beautiful people!
I know it’s late but my heart is grieving so much over this particular verse hubs and I came to during Bible study last night.
Colossians 2:6 AMP
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say -living lives that lead others away from sin]”
I know that this letter was not written directly to us believers today, as we are not the church in Colossae but since we have also received Christ, I believe we can apply this to our present day lives and learn a thing or two.
So I believe this verse is telling us to walk with Christ and keep following Him as we have come to know Him but the amplified version breaks it down further to talk about exactly how to do this, which is what grieved my heart so much.
- We have to reflect His character in the things we do and say. Ooh I can stay here all day. To show that we (believers) really have received Christ as we claim we have, we have to live our lives in a way that reflects His character. This touched me so much because even I, by my human nature, don’t live my life this way but by I’m able to do this by His grace only. Now you all know I’m no Judge Judy and I’m not even trying to condemn anyone here because I’m nowhere near perfect, but when I look around me, I don’t see a majority of us believers reflecting Christ’s character in the things we do and say, let’s all be honest here. Lately, you can’t even tell a believer from a non-believer because most of us are all living the same lifestyles but then we like to point out their mistakes and call them sinners. One of the guiding principles I’m now trying to use in every situation of my life is ‘WWJD- What would Jesus Do?’ because if we say we are followers of Christ then of course our aim should be to emulate His life, but is that what we are doing? Or am I getting something wrong? What exactly does it mean to be a follower of Christ?
- We should live lives that lead others away from sin. As believers, do we live our lives in a way that deters people from sinning? I really can’t think far on this one. If we say we are the light of the world and salt of the earth, is it not our lifestyles that would prove that, not our words? It looks to me like there are too many of us believers today loudly proclaiming the message of salvation to the world with our mouths and words but not with our lifestyles. We can shout and proclaim the gospel but do our lives reflect what we preach? There are so many of us living in unforgiveness, hate, greed, malice and wickedness (but we don’t see these ones as sin though!) and it’s no surprise that we are condemned so much by the world because our acts always contradict our speeches. I love how Peter puts this in 1 Peter 3:1-2 ERV (I’m using this version here because I love how it broke the message down):
“In the same way, you wives should be willing to serve your husbands. Then, even those who have refused to accept God’s teaching will be persuaded to believe because of the way you live. You will not need to say anything. Your husbands will see the pure lives that you live with respect for God.”
The amplified version says: “…so that even if some do not obey the word [of God], they may be won over [to Christ] without discussion by the godly lives of their wives…”
Heissshhh, what a word! So you mean to tell me people can actually be persuaded to believe in God because of the way we live?! Without discussion?! We don’t have to clap, shout or scare people into ‘repenting’ or believing God?!
Now I know he was referring to wives here but can you see how believers today can benefit from this if we practiced it? If we really want to ‘win souls for the kingdom’ like we always say then I think it’s only walking in love and living lives which reflects Christ’s character that would do the trick. Enough with all the long talk and scary repentance messages; show a person the unconditional love that is talked about in 1 Corinthians 13, let your daily life match the words you preach and watch the person transform before your very eyes. I have seen it happen with a person very close to me so I can testify to this. Trust me, it’s not always in the words, it is mostly in the deeds!
Remember how much your Father God loves you, and love others the same way too.
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