In this post I just want to bring it to your attention that the message of the Cross, that is, the message of Jesus Christ is calling all that hear it to action. In this post I shall use the two interchangeably. I do not know your position with Christ but whatever the position, you are called to action. What have you done or what are you doing about it?
Christians should make testifying about Jesus good works in their lives a common practice. Luke 8 verse 38 and 39, tells a story of a man that had been set free from evil spirits. Jesus instructed the man to go back home and tell the news about what Jesus had done for him.
It is true that God does not hear you if you are a sinner, no matter how loud or the method you use in an attempt to talk to Him. It sounds rude but it is true. If you go to your Bible and check John 9: 31, you will find this fact spelled out in black and white. According to this verse, God only hear prayers from people that keep His commandments.
It is however very confusing to hear people confess having had their prayers answered while they openly confess that they are sinners. Then a few questions come to mind; did the positive response come from God or the devil or its simple a fortune? Can it be the devil that provides good gifts? Does the Word of God ever lie? All these are relevant questions that got me worried enough to sit down and study this phenomenon to come up with the answer I’m giving in this post.
Christians are not of this world and therefore not the world’s favourite. Paul warns in Romans 8:36 that ‘For your (Christ) sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter’. Christians must expect that for them this condition holds even to the point of death.
Once in a big city was a great wedding for a well-respected man. It is reported that all business activities were put on halt such that shops were closed so that people may attend the wedding. One rich fellow had planned to attend the wedding as well but had to withdraw a huge sum of money before banks close on that day. In the city, banks closed earlier on Saturday, the day of the wedding. This rich man put the money in the inside pocket of his jacket.
The route via the bank delayed the man such that he was late for the wedding and came at the peak of the event. He got so overwhelmed with proceedings such that he forgot about the money he has put in his jacket. Next to him was a young man that noticed the that the jacket was stuffed with some notes in the inside pocket. This young thief took chances and succeeded to steal the money without being noticed. now that the man is overwhelmed. This young man successfully stole the money.
Jesus Christ mentions hell many times in His words recorded in the Holy Bible. I’m today directed to the Word according to Matthew 5: 29 and 30, where Jesus values safety from hell to the point of forgoing some of your body parts.
Christians are a sweet essence of Christ. The best thing one can do for himself or herself is to know exactly who he or she is. In the book of Hosea 4:6, God laments that His people perish because of lack of knowledge. It becomes even more of a trouble when people don’t know that they don’t know.
Pauls in this portion of scripture tell Christians who they really are. Before he, Paul, tells his story, he appreciates God’s assistance for helping Christians overcome at all times. The New International Versions say ‘But thanks to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ…’ It must be noted that Paul had not seen these Christians before, but he writes the letter and tells of God’s assistance to triumph.
Conduct is all that other people conclude about his or her life. It is all the person says, does and portrays about his / her life. People listen, watch and conclude as to whether what you are doing makes you happy or unhappy. When they do, they base their conclusion on scripture. You might then hear comments like ‘is this the right conduct for a believer?’, ‘if this one can gain entry to heave, I can also inherit heaven’. Thus conduct is a person’s life.
Verse 6 starts by giving a pre-condition. The word ‘therefore’, means that there is a prior condition. In the preceding verses, Paul had detailed and confirmed to the Colossians that they are Christians and therefore now that they have accepted Christ they must walk in Him. They were taught that it would not be permissible for them to live a life outside of Christ. Walking in Christ means that Jesus Christ rules your life in totality; at home, school, everywhere else and all days of the week. The tendency to be only holy on Sunday is not acceptable.
Do not leave the place or position that God has put you in, even when you are faced with perilous times. Your position is your job, marriage, works of service in church, etc. This applies to all people; young and old, popular or not, Pastors or not, rich or poor. Perilous times match individual statuses and positions. It is a pity that perilous times are times that each and every one will have to face a couple of times in their lives.
Perilous times can wound you spiritually as well physically. The versions of the Bible differ in the interpretation of the verse. The New International Version (NIV) says that ‘if a ruler’s anger rises against you’, the Living Translation’ says ‘if your boss is angry with you’, English Standard Version’ says, ‘if the anger of the ruler rises against you’ and SiSwati version says ‘nangabe intfukutselo yembusi ikuvukela’ and Zulu says ‘uma umoya wombusi ukuvukela’. Some other versions say ‘King’s anger’. The common factor in these versions is that the peril comes from someone superior to you. Unfortunately, the devil is also a ruler, according the Mathew 4:8 – 9 and 1 John 5:19 (…the world is under the power of the wicked one). Therefore, the verse could also be referring to the devil as the ruler or king.
If your holiness doesn’t cost you a thing, I guess you haven’t started. My laptop and two desktops had commonly used programmes – CorelDraw X3 and MS Office – that I had not acquired the right way and had to be uninstalled.
We all know God’s instructions are comprised in this one command; “Do not Sin” for sin is the dare of His justice. However, God does speak a Word that will make you better; He can say ‘be healed’, ‘be rich in wisdom’, ‘be wealthy’, ‘be promoted’, ‘be satisfied’, be delivered’, ‘be clean’ and many good things He can say to your situation. We, as humans, must know that nothing just happens. Our God is in full control of everything.
This being the first post of a long journey of preaching holiness to the world, it would be good to start with the expected Christian conduct from each of the believers as they interact with the world in all their circles and communities.
Christians should be known by their conduct at their homes, family and in the community. Worship should be part of a Christian’s lifestyle. The Christian can know the secrets of God’s kingdom that Jesus shares in secrete with him or her (Matthew 10:27). Such secretes Jesus encourages the Christian to share them openly with the world. The New Living Translation says such secretes should be shares when daybreak comes. No wonder there is so much revelations from Jesus shared in many ways with the world today. These testimonies are in order and they are the will of Jesus and surely the will of God the Father.