Colossians 2:9-10 “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ.” (NIV)
Christians today are enamored with Christian knowledge. Knowledge and growth in the Lord is good, but it cannot supplant being faithful to God’s calling in your life. The quest for greater knowledge can quickly replace God’s call to witness to the lost and to disciple Christians into being faithful followers of Christ. We must be bold, not fearful, in proclaiming Christ. The man who had demons cast out in Mark 5:18-19 desired to be with Jesus rather than be on the battle line, “The man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with Him. Jesus did not let him, but said, ‘Go home to your family and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how He has had mercy on you.’" (NIV) Jesus knew that real faith and maturity comes from stepping out in faith instead of becoming a sponge for receiving information. Knowledge tied to faith-led action leads not only to the releasing of God’s work through you, but also transformational growth in you!
You do not need three years of training, much less three months, or three weeks. Jesus said “GO.” You have been given fullness in Christ – that means Christ lives in you through the Holy Spirit who is more than able to equip you for growth, ministry, service, and discipleship. You cannot be equipped any more than that! The following 3 things will help you in becoming a more faithful and bold follower of Christ as you step out in the fullness God has given you: 1) As a Christian you possess all that is necessary to grow in the faith, obediently step out where called, and to disciple others. You do these by believing your redemption in Christ, unconditionally accepting His forgiveness, and allowing the Holy Spirit to fully embrace your life. Hebrews 13:21 talks about being ready because God will “Equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ.” (NIV) 2) Allow God to enliven the Scriptures to you for understanding, inspiration, and direction. Luke 24:45 says, “Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.” (NIV) Learn to hear God through the Scriptures and from His work in you instead of only through other people’s interpretations of God’s Word. Do the spiritual disciplines (quiet time, meditation, Scripture memory, Bible study, church attendance, prayer) that provide a platform for God to speak and work in your life. 3) Give God the time and margin to allow the fullness of His life in you to be expressed through you. 1 John 4:9 tells how God’s ultimate purpose is that He might live His life through you, “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His One and Only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” (NIV) God wants each of us to be vessels of redemption for the lost in this world. God has equipped us for greater works than even Jesus could do. Are you willing to be obedient and trust Him?
John 14:12-14 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask Me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” (NIV)
Do you know someone who needs this message on being used by God? If so, forward this devotion to them as a blessing for their growth in Christ.
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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