The Colossians’ story
After we read this creed as to who Christ was, is and will always be, Paul takes us back to the believers in Colossae. He brings back to light their past…pleads with their experiences, and talks with them about how far they’ve come. Let’s read here.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.
If not facts, then what?
We just talked about the fact that to know something doesn’t save you. To know that Christ is God, and to know that he’s King, doesn’t make you a kingdom follower. To know the facts doesn’t make you free.
What does save you, however, is to surrender to Christ. Surrender to his lordship, and surrender to his will. We talk all the time here that we are a group of people trying to become more like our Father. Well, through Christ, we see a perfect image of our heavenly Father. And so, we surrender our preferences, surrender our rights, and surrender our ideas of how things should be, and we allow ourselves to be changed.
We’ll continue to talk about what that means for us, and for our lives, as we continue through Colossians, but today, we are laying the foundation, laying the groundwork. We can’t be followers of Christ, we can’t be people of the Kingdom of God, unless we serve a Christ who is supreme.
I want you to take a few moments and reflect on your heart and your life. We all live for something. We all have a king. I want to ask you, maybe prod a bit here, are you subject to Christ? Are you fully surrendering your heart to him?
Are you allowing him to dictate your attitudes and your reactions?
Are you trusting him with your heart and your family?
Are you trusting him with your brokeness? Those parts of you that you don’t want anyone to know about.
This is a biggie: Are you trusting him with the parts of your life that you love? The ones you’ve worked so hard to accomplish and succeed at? There’s often times this idea that if we give God something we love, He will take it away?
Do you believe in a savior that is the glue for all of life? The one who, even if things are going well now, will make all things complete?
This is a big question…and a question you will need to ask yourself over, and over again. Because, lets face it, you and I, we like to take control of our lives, don’t we? We like to carry on with our business, the way WE see fit.
So, let me ask you…how big is your Christ?