I am proud of a lot of things in my life. I am definitely not the most acclaimed, but I feel I have achieved a lot. My greatest achievements required long, hard work. Whether it’s my educational degrees or the imprint left in ministry, none of it came without effort. I’ve always heard that what comes easy won’t last long and what lasts long won’t come easy. Even my greatest goals I strive for, to love my wife every day in a way she would choose to marry me all over again and for my children to think I am the Godliest person they know, require grueling effort.
And when we achieve, we show it off. We hang our certificates and proudly display our awards. Deep in all of us is the longing to be the best, to be known for what we have done. It is good to strive for better. You should expect nothing less from yourself.
Be warned. All of your achievements combined will always leave you longing for more. They will never completely satisfy you.
Only Christ satisfies.
At Fellowship, we are about to start a new series called HOW CHRISTIAN ARE YOU? It is a study through the book of Colossians. The pastors have been pouring over the book in preparation. In my reading, this phrase stuck out today.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him –Colossians 2:6
So, did you become a Christian by working hard? By doing good? Getting your life right? No. It’s not about what you achieve. It’s about what you receive. By grace.
Many people freely receive the forgiveness of Jesus at the point of salvation, then spend the rest of their lives trying to pay God back as if salvation were a loan. “Thanks for the jumpstart of grace, God. I’ve got it from here. I’ll hit you back on the flip side.”
Stop trying to achieve His love, blessings, and favor through ridiculous, performance based self-righteous rubbish. Continue to live in Him the same way you started your life in Christ.
Receive it. By grace.
We hope you join us Sunday as we kick off this series. I can’t wait!