Desiring All The Lord Has For Us

Jesus said that He came to give us  “an abundant Life.” (John 10:10) Since  we are “in Christ,” God wants  us  to enjoy ourselves  in the Lord Jesus!  Christians are to be a joyful people (Phil. 4:2). We are  not  to act and look like  sourpusses all the   time. I’m sure you have known or know some Christians that fit that  bill. That is so sad. We must show our love  for Jesus through our  actions. One song says: They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Paul Tells the  Colossians that  since  we have  named the Lord Jesus as our Savior and have obeyed the Gospel, our mindset must change (Col. 3:1-2) This passage tells us that we are “to set our minds on the things that are  above, not the things that are below.”  To “set your minds” means that it  must be a  deliberate choice  not  only  to accept Christ, but one to  serve Him. He will never  force Himself on the unbeliever, and likewise, He will not  force the  believer to grow in Him. We  must want to. And if we  want to, He has promised to equip us for the journey.

We must put everything out of our  hearts and minds that us detrimental to our  Christian growth (Col. 3:5-11). Whenever God tells us in His Word  to “put something off” He  replaces it with something for good (Col. 3:12-17).

We must realize  that Christian growth does not  come automatically; it must  be cultivated. This is the  attitude  we must  have if we are  going to live the “abundant life.”

Let’s seek to  emulate Paul’s admonition in 1 Cor. 15:58: “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

If we make this our goal, we will desire everything that God has for us and will use what He has givens to help ourselves and encourage each other as we live this life in the “here and now,”  waiting, watching and working till Jesus returns for His Church.

Look Up! He may ComeToday!

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