Walk Like a Christian
Read Colossians 1:9-11 (ESV)
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him; bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy…
How does being a follower of Jesus Christ impact your daily life and decisions?
Is Christianity just a set of beliefs? Is it merely a religion? Of course not. It is so much more. If you have been following along with us for the past month, you know that we have been reading through Paul’s letter to the Colossian church and have covered chapters 1 and 2 so far.
A major theme that Paul opened with in his letter was the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as they heard it from the apostles. False teachers were threatening the church at Colossae and in the surrounding communities. Paul continually exhorted the Colossian believers to stand firm in the truth that they have been taught so that “no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (Colossians 2:4) and so that “no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit…” (Colossians 2:8).
In today’s verses, we look again at how Paul and Timothy prayed for the believers in Colossae. They prayed that they would grow in the truth of that Gospel and in the knowledge of God. They prayed that the Colossians would gain spiritual wisdom. But praying for that increased spirituality had a purpose. They were not praying for the Colossians to gain a useless spirituality. Rather, Paul knew that the Gospel has the power to transform lives. So, he prayed for them to grow in their faith so that their lives would continue to be changed and renewed. He prayed for them to grow in their faith so that they could live it out. He wanted them to walk like Christians.
Christianity has a core set of beliefs that we follow based on the teachings of Scripture. But these beliefs offer an eternal hope that a man-made religion never could! Colossians 1:15-23 summarizes some of the beliefs we hold about Jesus. He is the image of God. He created all things and He holds all things together. He is preeminent. He is the head of the church and has authority over all worldly rulers. He is fully God and He reconciled us to Himself. The hope of the Gospel is that because we identify with Jesus in His death and burial, we also identify with Him in His resurrection. In Him, we are raised to walk in the newness of life, our trespasses have been forgiven, and in Him we experience the victory He accomplished over sin and death (Colossians 2:12-15)! Jesus is enough. There is no need for empty religious works and rituals.
But Christianity is also a worldview that has the power to change the way we see and interact with the world. We look at the world through the lens of seeing both the light and the darkness. We understand that while we still live in the world, we are not of the world. “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13-14). In Christ, we live in the kingdom of light. Therefore, we should walk in the light. Christianity changes the way we live because believers have died to this world (Colossians 2:20).
But even more than a religion or a worldview, Christianity is a relationship. Colossians 2:21 says that we were once alienated from God. We were enemies of Him because of our sin. But by His blood on the cross, we have been reconciled to Him (Colossians 2:20). In the Garden, mankind walked with God. Adam and Eve enjoyed an intimate relationship with Him. But when sin entered the world, our relationship with our Creator was broken. Our sin made us far from God but Christ has brought us near to God and restored the relationship that was broken.
In the last two chapters of Colossians, Paul is going to give further instructions on how to live in light of a relationship with Christ. Friend, walk like a Christian today. Not because it is what your religion says you have to do. But because it is who you are. It is who He made you to be in Him.
Lord, thank You for restoring the relationship that was broken between us. You rescued me from the kingdom of darkness and brought me out to live in the light. Help me to walk like a Christian. I know I don’t have to follow a bunch of religious rules but I want to honor and glorify You. I want to live out my faith in You. Amen.