Reading: Colossians 1: 10-14
Jesus desires for all people to enter His kingdom. Jesus showed this by engaging everyone He met so that He could share the good news of love with them all. The kingdom of Jesus offers freedom from the chains of sin. Once we confess Jesus as Lord, we are not free of sin. We are freed from sin as we find forgiveness and redemption in Jesus. As humans we will always be prone to sin. But because of Jesus that us not the end of our story. We can be made new and find peace each time we confess and repent of our sin.
The forgiveness of sin us a free gift. There is nothing we can do or say to remove the guilt and shame of our sins on our own. All the power to do this rests in Jesus alone. Once we claim Jesus as Lord, the free gift is ours. It is a gift without limit. That is how great Jesus’ love is – forgiveness and redemption are ours in limitless supply. What a great love. What a gift.
The response to the gift and the love is what Paul is writing about in Colossians 1: “that you may live a life worthy of the Lord”. Our response to what Jesus has offered and done for us is to try and live like Jesus. This is the never-ending journey of faith, to grow to be more and more like Jesus. Living like Jesus involves bearing fruit for the kingdom. Our primary way we bear fruit is by loving others as Jesus first loved us. It is living lives if love, compassion, grace, mercy, forgiveness. It is being a servant to all.
We are equipped to live a life worthy of Jesus through the practices of our faith. We read the Bible and meditate on the Word to grow in our understanding of and connection to God. We pray often to be known by and to know God more. We worship to bring our praise and thanksgiving to God. When we fill ourselves with the things of God, then we are also able to pour His love out into the lives of others. This is a life worthy of Christ.