A Lifestyle Representing God
As we each open to Colossians 2 today, I am reminded of the full and rich lives almost all of us lead. Our culture presses upon us with expectations, deadlines, stress, and a never-ending list of assignments and duties. So much so that, sometimes we rejoice just to get one item checked off, don't we?
When vital things in our lives are completed they give such a great feeling: a completed assignment so our work is done; a completely balanced diet so we are healthy; all our requirements completed, so the pressures are off. All of those areas of life make us feel:
The Joy of Completion
The dictionary defines this word "complete" as:
com·plete adj., = Having all necessary or normal parts, components, or steps; Having come to an end; concluded.
In our spiritual lives God says that we are ‘complete in Christ" (Col. 2:9).
Colossians 2:9-10 "For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power."+ NKJV
The word Paul used for complete is pleroo which means ‘full or filled to the full'.
A reverent lifestyle can only flow from Christ. That is the one amazing spiritual truth we'd all do well to ponder, until we started realizing that: God wants to overflow into our lives through Christ all we need for living the lifestyle of godliness.
We know that, believe that, rest in that—and then often feel so incomplete on a day-to-day basis.
Have you ever felt less than ‘complete'? Are their parts of your life that you are unsure about what it is exactly that God wants for you? Anything that is important to God, and that involves how to live our life—He has clearly expressed in His desires for us.
Anything that God desires for us to know and do—He has written down and given to us.
God has left a complete way of life for us in His Word, and that is most clearly written down in Titus 2.
And for women of every age, God has reduced the items needed to live the complete life pleasing to Him, into a list containing just 33 words in the Greek language.
That complete list contains God's expectations for any women to completely please Him by their daily lives. God gives the 12 qualities all born-again women are to use to measure their lives against.
Today we can read that amazing list found in God's Word at Titus 2, listen to God's expectations for the woman completed in Christ:
Titus 2:3-5 "the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—4 that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,5 to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed." NKJV
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