Christ Is All That Matters

18th February

In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.”

Colossians 3:11

In today’s world there is so much trying to create disharmony. Be that political elections, a rise in racism and sexism, and a massive increase of disharmony and dis-unity; even in the church! Yet it is in the church that unity should be increasing. We so quickly forget that if Christ lives in us, then we are brothers and sisters of the same family. There is no separation. As Paul rightly says, ‘it doesn’t matter who or what you are….Christ is all that matters!’

Yes we may have different worship styles, we may speak different languages, we may have completely different characters and views about life, but we should be united because of Christ. Our prayer should be that we can love the bride of Christ, Jesus’ body, the church. Not the four walls that make a building, but the people that worship inside. Christ is all that matters. Our prayer should be that we can live in harmony with all types of people and be united in our worship to and of Jesus. Friends, brothers and sisters, let us put to death feelings of dis-unity and disharmony and allow Jesus to bond us and bind us together for His Kingdom. He is all that matters.

Obey God

17th February

 

If you love Me, obey My commandments. And….”

John 14:15-16a

When Jesus said, ‘If you love Me, obey My commandments’, He wasn’t behaving like a parent trying to get their child to do the right thing by using reverse psychology on us, He was stating a fact! If we love God, we will obey His commandments. It’s a natural process. It comes with the inner change that happens when we accept Jesus into our lives. The Holy Spirit enters our lives too, and with His power, our longings and desires for sins we used to commit decrease, replaced by a longing and desire to please God. We don’t love God and obey His commandments for reward or even to try to gain favour with Him. We do it because we have been loved and it is a natural reaction to love Him back, and want to honour Him. We are not bribed into loving God, we are not forced, and we are not manipulated to love Him either. We love and obey Him, because He loved us first and because He lives in us.