4 Marks of the Christian

ONLY_slideBy Jon Kragel

Colossians 1:9-14
And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

In this passage, Paul describes what a growing Christian looks like. I find it interesting that Paul prays and writes so passionately for a church he never visited. Take time today and pray this passage over yourself and two other people.

How can we walk in a manner worthy of the Lord?

1. Bear Fruit – Simply put, do stuff that Jesus would do or that God has called you to do.
Don’t over think this concept. This passage is not as much about your theology or bible study as it is about you daily decision making and bible doing. The simple truth is that fruits get their nutrients from the Vine, and ultimately fruits reproduce the Vine to which they are connected. Love you neighbor, pray for someone, be generous… do something simply, but do something awesome!

2. Grow in Knowledge of Him – Paul’s critics in Colossae were called Gnostics, who believed salvation came through mystical knowledge or acceptance of all things. Paul, in contrast, states that growing in your faith means growing in your knowledge of God’s love. Think about your closest relationships… What do they all have in common? Time spent together and shared experiences… So take five minutes today and READ YOUR BIBLE about the God who loves you and PRAY to the God who wants to have a relationship with you.

3. Be Strengthened – I love the fact that “be strengthened” is a passive phrase demonstrating that God is actually the One who strengthens us. In a world filled with 5 Hour Energy drinks and protein bars, we can trust that our spiritual strength comes from a limitless God and His glorious might! God gives us this strength for ENDURANCE and JOY.
Do you feel discouraged? Pray for God’s Strength
Do you lack joy? Pray for God’s glorious might to come into your life!

4. Be Thankful – In Paul’s time, Gnostics also tried to diminish the power of Jesus’ authority. Paul makes such an incredible claim that we can use to be grateful no matter what we’re going through… For God has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Remember gratitude is an attitude, so choice to be grateful to God today!

How are you doing in this areas?
What’s your greatest strength?
What’s most difficult for you to do?

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