Yielding instead of struggling
In Christ are hidden all the riches of wisdom and understanding. I tell you this so no one will try to change your mind with big sounding talk. Even if I am far away from you in body, I am with you in spirit. I am happy to learn how well you are getting along. It is good to hear that your faith is so strong in Christ. As you have put your trust in Christ Jesus the Lord to save you from the punishment of sin, now let Him lead you in every step. Have your roots planted deep in Christ. Grow in Him. Get your strength from Him. Let Him make you strong in the faith as you have been taught. Your life should be full of thanks to Him. Colossians 2:3-7
Sustaining the Christian life does not take place by sheer will power. There are times that will power or determination can work but most often they lead to more frustration because we find ourselves struggling attaining our goal. From the text, the apostle Paul provides the readers the source that Christian can tap into so they could follow Christ in His steps. It is by being growing and getting strong in our faith in God that will enable us to live the Christian life (Colossians 2:7). It is by placing our confidence in Christ as our Lord and Savior that will help us live the life God gave us. “I no longer live. Christ lives in me. The life I now live in this body, I live by putting my trust in the Son of God. He was the One Who loved me and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20). When Jesus taught the people about godly living, they asked Him what should they do so they could do what God wants them to do (John 6:28). Jesus told them, “This is the work of God, that you put your trust in the One He has sent” (John 6:29). It is God at work in us that will provide us the motive to live lives pleasing to God. God meant for His children to live lives filled with joy for that is the result of yielding to Him. “Be full of joy always because you belong to the Lord. Again I say, be full of joy” (Philippians 4:4). Peace comes to those that remain strong in their trust in God. “May He fill you with joy and peace because of your trust in Him” (Romans 15:13). Obedience to God becomes a reality to believers because they have placed their faith in Him. “Because Abraham had faith, he obeyed God when God called him to leave his home” (Hebrews 11:8). Let that faith in God continue to grow by regularly surrendering your life to the leading of the Holy Spirit. “Let the Holy Spirit lead you in each step. Then you will not please your sinful old selves” (Galatians 5:16).
Noel De Guzman