This morning, I was reminded of the beauty of the name Jesus. His name is wonderful. There is power in the name of Jesus. But even more, there is an amazing promise in living a life that depends on Jesus. And I want to talk about that in today’s word.
I was led to read Colossians 2 today, and there is a section that is just amazing. Starting in verse 6, we find instructions and teaching about how to be free from the world, sin, and the lures of the Devil. It is simple, but it is so good. It starts by saying continue to live in Jesus. The same way that we come to Him, through Faith, we must continue to live in Him. What does it mean to live “through faith”? Is it enough to believe that Jesus died for your sins? Or is there more to it? Hopefully you already know that there is more to life than simply believing about Jesus. If our lives are about believing, then why are we still here? Shouldn’t we be taken up to heaven upon believing? Doesn’t the Word say that Satan believes? We are called to live in Him.
How do we live in Him? Verse 7 explains that we must be rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith the Paul teaches. Well, Paul taught about a pretty radical faith. He always demonstrated his faith with power. As a matter of fact, Acts 19 tells us of the extraordinary miracles that God did through Paul in Ephesus. But let’s keep it simple. If you sit in a chair, and you may be sitting now, do you realize that you are putting faith in the chair to hold you? In the same way, put your faith in God. Depend upon Him, and show people.
In verse 8, Paul writes that we must not depend on human traditions, the basic principles of this world, and philosophies that pull us away from complete dependence on Jesus. The enemy does everything he can to get us to compromise our faith. We must guard it.
Verse 9 and 10 are the reason I am writing this little blog.
“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” Wow, what a passage! You and I can find all of God inside of Jesus. I think we all agree with that statement. But it doesn’t stop there. You and I have all of Jesus in us, which means that we have all of God in us, the same way that Jesus did! God wants to do the same great things He did with Jesus, with you. He wants to use you, to partner with you. It takes faith. God is waiting for you to partner with Him.
So today, don’t get caught up in things that don’t matter. Don’t let your circumstances, politics, religious traditions, feelings, or emotions lead you, pull you, or deceive you. Stay close to God. Know that God lives in you, the same way He lived in Jesus. Hold on to Faith, like Paul did, like Jesus did. All the Fullness of Christ dwells in you richly.
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