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!