Last Sunday, we looked at “Christ in you, the hope of glory” from Colossians 1 and the privilege each of us has to “warn every man and teach every man that we present every man complete in Christ.” We just scratched the surface, so let me add a few more comments.
If Christ is in me, if Christ is in you, then He directs our thoughts, our words and our actions. We will seek the holiness of God for the sake of the Body of Christ – His Bride. We will see our part in helping each other get to living out God’s glory in our lives. Let me give you three areas for additional application. First, our attitude toward morality is sliding. We Christians, maybe some at Grace, think it’s okay to try out the merchandise before marriage. At least if someone is over 18 and they’re an adult, we think, “What can we do about it?” That’s what Eli said about his sons in 1 Samuel. God rebuked him and took his life. Eli warned his sons, but he didn’t ensure they lived godly. God took him (1 Samuel 3:13,14; 4:13-18). If Christ is in you, you’ll do what is godly to ensure your family and the Bride of Christ is godly. His glory says, I will not allow immorality to exist in my family.
Secondly, if you’re living “Christ in you” your words will be God-honoring, not earth-tolerated. I’ve heard Christians talk the same talk as the world talks. We hear trash so often in the media and around the world that we let our guard down. I used to be in the infantry, I accept how people talk, but I don’t want to use casual talk that I wouldn’t use from the pulpit. If I wouldn’t there, why do it somewhere else? If “Christ is in you,’ He rules my tongue to not allow careless or idle words come from my mouth (Matt. 12:36,37).
And thirdly, care for the Body at Grace. If Christ is in you, you’ll see the need Justin Williams has for the youth and maybe say, “Justin, I can help.” There are simple, easy opportunities to serve as chaperones, transportation drivers and discipleship group leaders. Justin has a great heart to love our young people, but he needs your help. ‘Christ in you” means you can put aside some desires, time and even hobbies to help Justin reach the hearts of our young people who are in a spiritual battle most of us didn’t face in high school. ALSO, over seeing our Children’s ministry, Pat Hillebrand needs your help to volunteer to serve in Sunday School and the nursery. We have a boat load of people already involved and I’m grateful for their ministry to the children and parents of the children. What we need is for more older people to ensure their name is on the nursery list and helper list for the Sunday School options. These children are worth it! “Christ in you,” the hope of glory says, “I can do this several times a quarter” to help my brothers and sisters who have children! There are just a few ways to apply “Christ in you” the hope of glory! THANK YOU to all who are helping to present every man complete in Christ!