Monday, December 28, 2015

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Coming Again: Victory of the Lord
Colossians 1:6-11
Jaffey Chacko
St Thomas MTC, Bristol-UK
10 so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.

 
As a youngster, “Walk worthy of the Lord” has been a key verse as I started my journey with the Lord. This was implanted into me through a VBS theme very early on, and as I grew and committed myself to the Lord, this theme became a challenge to bear a true witness to the calling.

 
As we can see in vs. 10 & 11, there are three areas where we could challenge ourselves to be fruitful in a life living worthy for the Lord.  Bearing fruit in every good deed; Growing in the knowledge of God; Being strengthened.
 
As we ponder about how this can be achieved, we are made aware that the Holy Spirit is the source of all Christian love. It is therefore the Holy Spirit that will undoubtedly strengthen us to bear fruit. As we submit ourselves to be used as a vessel, God will use us to bear much fruit for His Kingdom.
 
To bear much fruit,, we will be required to continue to grow in the word of God. This  will help us to know our Lord intimately and personally. Without fail, when we grow spiritually, by default it should lead to sharing the gospel and telling others about the Saviour. When we are touched by God-gifted Grace, be it during good or painful situations, we will end up being living testimonies for His Kingdom.
 
Finally we need to be strengthened, as we are constantly involved in conflicts, be it moral or spiritual with forces more powerful than what we can imagine. As we read in 1st Samuel, Chapter 17, we can see all sorts of battles, which can be applied in our day to day life today.  But in all this our assurance is from the completed work of Christ who has defeated Satan. To defeat evil, we have to constantly look up to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.(Heb 12:2)

 
There are lots of signs to suggest, that our Lord's coming is near. Let us therefore prepare and live a life worthy of the calling, and be instruments in spreading the Gospel, wherever we have been placed.

PRAYER


Lord, help us to live according to Your will, worthy of Your calling and bear much fruit for Your kingdom. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
  
"Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words" – Francis of Assisi