The Message Of Christ: A Fresh View

25th May

Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”

Colossians 3:16

What is the message of Christ that Paul writes about here in the letter to the Colossian church? Well, Jesus’ own message about Himself. Jesus said of Himself that He ‘was the way, the truth and the life’. He said that ‘no-one could go to the Father except through Him’. He said that it was because God ‘so loved the world’, He was sent so that ‘everyone who believes in Him would not perish but have eternal life’. Jesus said that ‘there is no greater love than someone laying down their life for their friends’ and if we follow His commands then we ‘are His friends’. He encouraged His disciples that He was and is ‘the bread of life’, the sustainer and provider, for both our physical and spiritual needs. He is our place of refuge as He lovingly said, ‘come to Me all who are weary and heavy burdened and I will give you rest’. And there is so much more….

In Jesus we find hope, grace, love, acceptance and provision. This is the message of Christ. We are loved, accepted and forgiven. Each new day holds a new blessing, a new portion of grace, a new dose of His everlasting love for us and the best part, we can have as much of Jesus as our hearts can contain. There is something special about being around believers who have opened their hearts fully to Jesus and everything about them radiates His beauty. That is the type of believers Paul was encouraging the Colossian church to become and that is the type of believer we ought to be. May we teach, counsel and encourage each other, building each other up for His Kingdom and may the message about Christ fill our hearts and lives.

True Worship

24th May

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father… willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”

Colossians 3:17, 23

Often, worship is only thought of as something that is done on Sunday mornings, as a singing offering to God. Of course that is partly true, but worship is so much more than just singing songs on a Sunday morning. Worship is a lifestyle. It is a decision to include God in everything we are doing through deed, action and in all we say; we glorify God and give Him praise by living for Him.

We must remember that we are Christ’s ambassadors in all we do. We are His hands and His feet on this earth. We are His spokesmen to tell the world about Him. We are the light to direct people back to Jesus. These attributes are not bound by the four walls of church. We are all these things in everything we do, in every place and in every situation. If Christ is at the center of what we are doing, then that is true worship. And that is how God wants us to live.

As we go to work, school, university, or at home, in all we do, let us remember that we are living for Christ. May we include God in everything we do and allow Him to lead, guide and provide us with all the tools we need to do whatever we are doing for Him. Christ in everything we do and say.