Onward Christian Soldiers!

Forward.

That word has been stuck in my mind for days.  God has used His Word as well as some examples lately to remind me that I must be vigilant to my forward momentum with Christ.

Two passages in which I see this theme are found in the book of Colossians.  I’ll quote both below in the New American Standard and The Message.

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude” (Col. 2:6,7; NASB).

“My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6,7; The Message).

“If then you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:1,2; NASB).

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ–that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective” (Col. 3:1,2; The Message).

Beloved, I have a deep desire to finish well as a Christian.  I want to run this race to its completion.  The only way for me to be successful in this vital endeavor is to continue moving forward.  I am called to run my race with perseverance (Heb. 12:1).  Every Christian is commanded to do the same.

How’s your race going?

We are either moving forward, standing still or headed in the wrong direction.

May God grant for us that which He has commanded from us–lives which are centered on Jesus Christ–resurrected lives which find us moving forward every day, even if that progress is inch-by-inch!

 

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