Someone told me about a wonderful product… bragged about what it could and would do. I looked it up online and read the reviews… Wow! If the promotional stuff was true and the reviews were valid, what was I waiting for? I needed the item! So I ordered it… It arrived and I read the stuff on the packaging… Yup, what they advertised was right there on the label! I got it out, read the instructions, tried to follow them closely and… Disappointment! It wouldn’t work for me!
Sometimes the Christian life is like that for people. Others brag it up, testify to its benefits, market its potential… But when you try to make it work as advertised, it just doesn’t deliver as promised… Victory – an overcoming Christian life is expected – but something less than that is the reality.
Well, perhaps what we do when we have a product that isn’t “up to the hype” can serve as a guide for us… We contact the manufacturer and ask for help! In the case of the Christian life – we consult the inspired Word of God!
This morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” I read some instructions that address how to have Spiritual victory while living in a pagan world… This guidance comes directly from the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Paul… (He was addressing struggling believers in the city of Colossae):
First a challenge – an exhortation:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives [“walk”] in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thanksgiving….
Then a warning…
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ…
Finally, the Spiritual provision and reality that can be experienced (forgiven, free and fulfilled)!
“For in Christ all the fullness of Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness! He is the head over every power and authority… You have been buried with Him in baptism, and were also raised with Him through your faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us! He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (From Colossians 2:6-15 NIV)
Hey this is not just “so much fluff” or “marketing baloney” – It’s God’s inspired word – His guidance for getting and gaining Spiritual victory in THIS life! It works! My advice? Camp out in this passage a while – pore over each aspect of the instructions – and see if the quality of your Christian experience doesn’t improve. God wants all that your “life in Christ” is cracked up to be!