Be the Real Deal

No one wants to be a poser.

Someone who presents themselves as being something that they really aren’t.

But the truth is, we’ve all been guilty of this as some point. We’ve all played the hypocrite. We’ve all hidden the reality of who we are - behind a facade of toughness, or of happiness, or of spirituality.

One of the Apostle Paul’s main concerns for the Christians in Colossae, is that they not be posers.

In Colossians Chapter One, v.10-14 Paul prays that they will live out their faith. That they will live in a way that pleases God, that accomplishes what God desires, and that they will continually grow closer to the Lord, growing stronger and having endurance and joy. In other words - he wants their faith to be real. Not just something to make others think that they’re good people.

Paul says basically the same thing again in Chapter Two. In v.1 he says: “I’m concerned about you.” And in v.6 he again challenges them: “…you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him…

Live it out. Don’t just say that you’re a Christian - live it.

The good thing - is that Jesus doesn’t just leave us to try harder (and to fail miserably).

Here’s His plan:

Colossians 2:12-14…having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.

We come to Christ - and we literally give Him our life (including our sin and failure - and our guilt). Jesus takes all our sin and guilt - and He nails it to the cross where He died - declaring it “paid in full.”

So, when you and I, when we surrender to Him, we must recognize that we no longer have a right to “our life” because we gave it to Jesus. And Jesus took it - and He gives us instead, a new life in Him. Not just another shot at life for us to spend (and mess up) however we want - but a new life IN CHRIST.

A life to be lived His way, for Him, walking in Him. Lived out by walking in His strength that we only find when we surrender ourselves to Him.

Recognize that He bought you. Understand that this life you’re living - it’s now His.

Ask Him to live through you. Ask Him to change and empower you to live His way.

Live forgiven, live for Christ, live free!

Pastor Cory