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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Ruling With Love"

Date published: 12/08/2015
 
Hebrews 1:8 "Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of Your kingdom.” (NIV) 

   In college a friend and I hiked sixty miles into the Canadian wilderness by canoe. We could not carry much since we had to portage from lake to lake. Our plan was to take a minimal amount of food and live off of the fish we caught on our trip. The only problem was we quickly learned we did not know how to fish! We spent a frustrating day trying to catch fish (like we would know what to do with them if we caught one!) only to be completely without food. This quickly brought our adventure to an end. I think the way we approached fishing on this trip is often the way Christians approach their Christian faith. Christians love God’s promises and desire the great benefits that knowing Christ affords, but often miss it because their growth in Christ is minimal from the time of their rebirth forward. In Hebrews 5:12-13 Christians are admonished against this, “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God's Word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!  Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” (NIV) God desires you to experience all He has for you, but you must be willing to pursue God by seeking His truth and then obediently responding. 

   Our featured verse gives a wonderful insight into living the Christian life. As you allow Christ to fully envelop your life in Lordship, righteousness will become a natural by-product. A king rules with the scepter of his throne; as Christians grow in righteousness, they affect the world around them by God’s work in them. A king’s power is by force, decree, and control, while a Christian’s power is meekness, submitting to God, and allowing Christ to reign. All God’s promises become reality as the rule of righteousness dishes out extra measures of love, resilient joy, and an abiding peace that passes all understanding. Take hold of your position in Christ that Peter described in 1 Peter 2:9a, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God.” (NIV) Grow to maturity by digesting God’s truths through reading and meditating on His Word, understanding, and stepping into His truths with faith. Doing this allows righteousness not to be just a great promise, but the scepter of your life! 

Psalm 1:3, 6 “He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.” (NIV)             

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “God’s Purpose For You” and “Knowing God’s Will.” 

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