“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…” (Colossians 2:6)
What an amazing verse this has become for me lately. When someone receives Christ they are given the power to become “Sons of God.” Of course the receiving only takes place by faith therefore the verse above is telling us just as we received Christ by faith we also walk in him by faith. That sounds simple enough doesn’t it?
Living by faith doesn’t always play out as easily as we might think. Most would agree with the part about being saved by grace through faith, but when it comes to living the life God wants or expects now that’s something else all together. We start out by faith but somewhere along the line we start adding a little bit of our own efforts to the recipe. We say, “Oh no, I know we’re saved by grace but once we’re saved we have to do our part. We have to read the Bible…we have to pray…we have to be at church every time the doors are open, don’t we?” Ultimately there has got to be more to this Christian thing than just placing faith in Jesus Christ, isn’t there?
Think back with me for a minute. When you received Christ had you been fasting? Were you reading your Bible everyday? Had you been tithing and giving your money to the local church? Some folks may have been doing a few of these things when they were born again, but my point is these things had nothing to do with how you were born again did they?
Before anyone gets ahead of me let me say this. If you have received Christ by faith there will be some sort of evidence that others will see. They may not fully understand what they are seeing, but there will be something different about you. The truth is there has never been anyone that has met Jesus that has walked away the same. Just look in the Gospels and see; whenever Jesus came across someone who was blind or afflicted in any way they went away whole. Any that were opposed to him went away changed too; some of them went away angry or perplexed but they were definitely changed by the encounter.
I don’t know about you but when I received Christ I was desperate. I had come to the end of my attempts to run things in my life and needed someone else to take over. Then and only then did Christ become Lord in me. From then on the greatest struggle is to stay out of the drivers’ seat and let him drive. It seems after we have been born again we are tempted to take charge of things but that can’t work; it didn’t work before and it won’t work now. Isn’t it interesting that we say we trust Christ for life “Hereafter” but in the meantime we fret and worry about how he’s going to get us through? I say, if he can deliver me to Heaven when I die I’ll bet he can get me through this day too.
Written by Louie