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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Walking in Christ"

Date published: 11/09/2015
1 Thessalonians 1:3 “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)  

   It is amazing how this Scripture, in so few words, can capture the fruitful life of a faithful follower of Christ. The three actions of work, labor, and endurance prompted by faith, love, and hope enable you to experience the fullness of Christ’s life in you. Your foundation will always be your relationship with Christ. Your foundation in Christ begins and expands with the quality and depth of your relationship with Jesus. As your relationship with Christ grows, you are presented opportunities to become like Christ as well as to be used by Christ. Every opportunity that you act upon will be a step of faith. By faith you trust God’s leading by allowing God to perform His work in you. This type of work of God is like driving an automobile.  The more you drive the automobile, the greater the chance of a light coming on indicating the need for maintenance. This is similar to the “work of Christ” that is being produced in your life. As you live out your life in Christ, you will hit roadblocks that challenge your faith and walk with Christ. These times provide a signal (a light coming on) to go to Christ for His direction.   As you work out God’s calling, your labor for Christ will not only require love, but also the full embodiment of God’s character. Trying to accomplish work for Christ apart from the character and person of Christ is what 1 Corinthians 13:1b calls, “A resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”(NIV) Your labor must reflect who God is, so that your work is usable for God’s kingdom purpose. Finally accomplishing God’s   requires endurance. God’s work is not for show, or self-gratification, but for His purposes. This type endurance often requires sacrifice. Sacrifice can be endured either through your sheer tenacity, or by your hope in God’s redemptive power in Christ. You persist in God’s purposes by believing in His promises. Your hope in Christ continues to grow through your ever expanding relationship with Him, which in turn sustains the path on which God has you. Your life in Christ begins in relationship with Christ resulting in “work and labor,” but is fed through the intensifying hope of whom you have come to know as God.  Faith, love, and hope become stepping stones for God shining through your life. 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on being fruitful in Christ? 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: “Discipleship” and “Transformation – Part 2.” 

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1 Thessalonians 1:3 “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV) 

   It is amazing how this Scripture, in so few words, can capture the fruitful life of a faithful follower of Christ. The three actions of work, labor, and endurance prompted by faith, love, and hope enable you to experience the fullness of Christ’s life in you. Your foundation will always be your relationship with Christ. Your foundation in Christ begins and expands with the quality and depth of your relationship with Jesus. As your relationship with Christ grows, you are presented opportunities to become like Christ as well as to be used by Christ. Every opportunity that you act upon will be a step of faith. By faith you trust God’s leading by allowing God to perform His work in you. This type of work of God is like driving an automobile.  The more you drive the automobile, the greater the chance of a light coming on indicating the need for maintenance. This is similar to the “work of Christ” that is being produced in your life. As you live out your life in Christ, you will hit roadblocks that challenge your faith and walk with Christ. These times provide a signal (a light coming on) to go to Christ for His direction.   As you work out God’s calling, your labor for Christ will not only require love, but also the full embodiment of God’s character. Trying to accomplish work for Christ apart from the character and person of Christ is what 1 Corinthians 13:1b calls, “A resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”(NIV) Your labor must reflect who God is, so that your work is usable for God’s kingdom purpose. Finally accomplishing God’s   requires endurance. God’s work is not for show, or self-gratification, but for His purposes. This type endurance often requires sacrifice. Sacrifice can be endured either through your sheer tenacity, or by your hope in God’s redemptive power in Christ. You persist in God’s purposes by believing in His promises. Your hope in Christ continues to grow through your ever expanding relationship with Him, which in turn sustains the path on which God has you. Your life in Christ begins in relationship with Christ resulting in “work and labor,” but is fed through the intensifying hope of whom you have come to know as God.  Faith, love, and hope become stepping stones for God shining through your life. 

1 Thessalonians 5:8 “But since we belong to the day, let us be self-controlled, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.” (NIV) 

Do you know someone who needs this message on being fruitful in Christ? 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: “Discipleship” and “Transformation – Part 2.” 

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