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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Wearing Christ"

Date published: 08/11/2013
Colossians 1:4 “We have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints.” (NIV)  
 
How often have you been approached by a stranger or an acquaintance who said, “I am so excited to come to your church today.  I have heard about the great things God is doing here.  I especially wanted to be here to experience the love and ministry that I have heard about this church.”  The question this verse makes us ponder – are the unsaved drawn to our churches and the lives of individual Christians because God is alive and at work in the body of Christ?  Your life in Christ should not be an event on Sunday morning; it should be a lifestyle throughout the week.  Your life in Christ should not be represented by your Sunday school, church, small group, Bible Study, necklaces, bumper stickers, and yard signs, but by how God is expressing His life through you.  Your spiritual activities are nothing but kindling for feeding the fire of Christ’s life in you.  Your life in Christ should be clay that is being sculpted into a beautiful and powerful testimony through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in you.  2 Corinthians 4:7 says it this way, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”  The faith mentioned here is not passive, but active—a faith that believes God’s truths, trusts God with all things, and is willing to step out in faith.  Seeing “the love you have for all the saints” is not merely talking about love, but allowing God to actively love others through you.  This is a manifest love where lives are cared for, the lonely and outcast are included, compassion is shown, and the love of Christ extends beyond your personal rights being violated.  Live your life passionately for Christ so that Christ’s life in you is the living Word of God to others!   
 
2 Corinthians 3:1-2 “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody.” (NIV)