August 10, 2023

Colossians 2:1–2 (NKJV) — 1 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ,

Christianity is not a theory, not an institution, not a book, and not a set of rules nor a code of morals. It is not a philosophy nor a statement of truth or principles.

The Christian faith is all about Jesus. A person is not a Christian if Jesus is not living in Him. We cannot be a Christian just by acknowledging that God exists. A Christian has surrendered his life to Christ and let Him enter and control his life. A person who professes Christ as Savior cannot live his life separated and apart from God. Being a Christian is more than going to Heaven. Being a Christian is a marriage between Christ and the one professing Him as Savior. In Ephesians 5:22, the church is called the Bride of Christ. The church is made up of individuals who have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. My experience is there are a lot of professing Christians who are AWOL in their marriage relationship with Christ.

Paul writes to the Colossian church encouraging them to be knit together in love. The church is important…much more important than just meeting on a Sunday morning. The church is a family joined together in the love of Christ.

What would a marriage be like if the husband and wife were together just one hour a week? The church is family and should come together in worship and fellowship on a regular basis. People say they do not have time to be in church! Stop and look where your time is spent.

In Colossians 3:1–3 Paul writes, “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”

A couple may have a marriage license, but their true marriage is seen in their relationship with each other. Our “profession of faith” in Christ is not seen in our name being written in the registry of the church, but in our relationship with Christ day in and day out.

Christianity is more than going to Heaven when we die. It is about our daily moment-by-moment walk with Him.