Sunday, April 21, 2013

You Are Complete in Him!

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. 
Colossians 2:10 KJV

The Christian walk is not hard; it is impossible. Holiness is unattainable. We can never live like Christ asked us to live in our own strength. It's like trying to climb a mountain wearing Rollerblades on our feet and mittens over our fingers. It simply can't be done. But when we take a different approach the impossible becomes possible.

We must understand that our position in Christ is that of completion. We are complete in Him. He has made us righteous. We are not to try to become righteous. We can rest in the finish work of Christ. Out of that understanding we can take up our cross and follow Christ. But while we bear the weight of the beam, we must understand that we are not to bear it alone. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” A yoke is an instrument used to harness two animals that pull a plow. Jesus is yoked to us, and He wants to hold the greater portion of the weight. We do not walk this road alone. His grace will enable us, motivate us, and energize us. He will make us holy.

Our growth in Him takes time, and in the process, we will fall many times. But blessed is the man, woman, or child who learns to get back up. God's grace is to be the motivator and the sustainer of our lives. No matter how far we may fall, God sees us as complete in Him. When we miss the mark, God wants us to confess our sins to Him and go on. It is in an atmosphere of grace that God's ways will take root in our hearts. The Holy Spirit will sanctify us (make us holy). He will enable us to grow. We must remember that positionally we are already complete in Him. As we allow Him, the Lord is bringing about the practical application of our completeness in Christ. Philippians 1:6 says that we can be confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it unto completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

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