God: requires that in His presence there is change….
Colossians 3:1 (KJV) “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God”.
There was a phrase that I heard as a young child which pertain to those who called for baptism and after the fact continued to live a life that didn’t reflect what Jesus death accomplished for us, “you go down a dry sinner and come back up a wet sinner”.
At times we get to being excited about a situation, a new trend, something new on the market and we want it, want to own it, be a part of it, then it fizzles out and we are left with “nothing”. The passion dies after a while and we left with dry ashes; dust in the wind and clouds on a rainy day which are soon emptied. Whereas God is calling us for substantive substance existing within our being; a planting and belief system which has some cayenne pepper to it.
Many speak about the grace of God with the redemptive cleansing of the blood of Jesus as if that would eradicate the need for right living; we can’t get to heaven doing wrong and calling on the blood of Jesus and His grace as if it is a talisman to get pass the wrong doing consistently. Nobody is saying that bad things don’t happen, and we all slip and slide every now and again, but the persistent mantra of bad behavior as a cloak and dagger platform existence isn’t what salvation is all about.
If the power of the cross is to be effective in our lives, then it must be that it can partner with our effort and desire for right living and negate what we are coming up against in this world. We then also have an obligation when we said “Yes” to Jesus to make an effort to know what He desires of us and what are His will and His ways; trusting that His grace will give us the power to win these fights; If that is not going to happen then my living this way of life is in vain..
We are admonished by the writer of today’s scripture that “IF” we be risen with Christ: meaning that we can go down a sinner and come up a sinner if the motives, the attitude, the mentality is not right. The expectation is that when we say “I do” to Him, then He takes over and the work starts.
Beloved my prayer today for us, “Father in the name of all names, whereing knees must start trembling and tongues must perform that which they could not previously, the name of Jesus: let our living be worthy of your calling; let us not leave this world with unfinished tasks, in Jesus Holy name”.
New Trivia: Whose hand did God declare that He will break?