Posted by Jayce Ooi as Spiritual
Read Colossians 1:9-14 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
Many people think that a commitment to Christ is something you make once-for-all. It’s like slapping down a million-dollar bill, thinking that your commitment is covered for the rest of your life: “OK, Lord, I’m emptying my wallet of all of its contents. Here’s that million-dollar bill – it’s everything I am and have and ever will have. It’s Yours. I lay down my whole life!”
I like that picture, but I would change it a bit. A commitment to Christ is surrendering everything you are and have, but instead of putting that once-for-all bill in the offering plate, living for Christ is more like giving a million dollars in single bills over your lifetime. Commitment translates into faithfulness to Christ each moment of everyday. Faithfulness at that place of temptation, in a difficult trail, as I’m walking to work, too busy for anyone but stopping for that person who needs to be encouraged. Our commitment to Christ is something we lay down a little bit at a time over a lifetime.
The apostle Paul spent his million-dollar bill this way. He was faithful in persecution, faithful when his motives were misunderstood, faithful when he lacked the comforts of home and security. Why did he do it? He was laying down his life a day at a time. His driving ambition was to be found faithful – worthy to bear the name of Christ. He wrote about it all the time. In Philippians 1:27 we read: “Let your manner of life be worthy.” Ephesians 4:1 tells us: “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling.” And in Colossians 1:10 “walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.”
Of all the ingredients that go into walking worthy of Christ, faithfulness tops the list. This goal drives the heart of Jesus’ every follower: “Today I want my life to be pleasing to Him. Tomorrow I want to keep doing this. Next week, next 10 years, I still want to be devoted to Christ and His cause. I don’t know what’s coming, or what the cost will be, but I want to be found faithful.”
If that thought of faithfulness fires up your faith for another day, then praise God for His sustaining faithfulness to you and keep going!
Responding – How does the call to faithfulness help me in the challenge I’m facing today?
Following – Daily surrender all you are to Christ.
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