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Hang Onto Our Faith

Colossians 1:23

…if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

If it ain’t broke – why fix it? I know most of us have heard that saying before. That isn’t perfect English – but – it is real. Most often we shouldn’t try to fix things that are working.

Change is not always good nor is it always bad. Change for change sake can be either good or bad. Many of us do not like change. Many of us have a hard time with change.

Technology buffs (the mirror is up) always want the latest greatest – even when what they have accomplishes what they are doing. Car buffs always want the newest model – even when their vehicle they have is working well. We can have a closet full of clothes – and every style imaginable – but when the new line comes out – we want to change. Our golf clubs play well – but someone convinces us that a new set will help our game (it is not the arrow but the Indian that misses the target – typically). My 2013 iMac is doing just fine thank you – I don’t need the newer model. Many of us need to resist change – because change is often just fluff – bells and whistles.

Today’s passage has something to do with change. Here it is in partial context. Colossians 1:15–23 – 15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

I’ve run into people who are willing to change their orthodox beliefs – the tried and true Gospel – for something the society is pushing as progressive. Are there no absolutes for some folks? Are there no truths that supersede time and change? But now Christ has reconciled us by His’ physical body through death to present us holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— if we continue in our faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.

I knew when I was a young person – some 45-50 years ago – that there would be those who would begin to doubt the Bible. I knew there would be those who would promote a false truth – one that was centered around their thoughts and feelings rather than on Biblical truth. Paul warned us about this just one chapter later in the letter where today’s passage is found. Colossians 2:6–8 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 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.

Heed the warning given by Saint Paul – hang onto your faith – hang onto the truths that the Bible shares – don’t fall captive to hollow and deceptive philosophy – based on human thought rather than on the Divinely revealed truth found in the Bible. Don’t change what you believe because of feeling – emotions – social norms – or what we or others think to be correct. Listen to the very Word of God and hold firm in your faith.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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August 3, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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