Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Continue Strong Till the End

This message was preached by  Navaz at Word of Grace Church on September  22nd, 2019. To listen/download the audio please click hereTo listen to the Sunday's worship and propheticcontributions please click here


 King Uzziah was another successful King. He reigned 52 years. Then he became proud and he offered unauthorized incense in the Temple and the Lord struck him with leprosy and he lived out his days like that.  What a tragedy!!

King Hezekiah was a successful king of Judah. He became king at the age of 25 and reigned for 26 years. He fought off the Assyrians, restored worship to Yahweh alone, dealt with idolatry, made economic reforms, had some of the most clever military strategies. He had a lot of favor of with god. The prophet Isaiah served in his tenure. Then he became sick and God added 15 years to his life. Then Hezekiah became proud and started showing off his wealth to enemy kings. That was his downfall.
 Isaiah who served both these Kings prophesied the destruction of Jerusalem but not in his lifetime. And he was pleased with that!! (Isaiah served 4 kings over a span of 64 years.)
Why am I telling you this? You can have success for many decades and fail at the end.

My topic for today is Continue strong to the end.
Colossians 2:6-7
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Paul wrote this in prison and written to Colossians whom he had never visited. He is addressing issues Ephaphras has raised to Paul when he visited him in prison. He is reminding them about who Jesus is, His supremacy and that they would hold onto the truth.

Let’s get in our text for today.
V6 a- So Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord -  Paul was encouraging the Colosse Christians to hold on to truth and not be swayed by many fine-sounding arguments ( verse4) or even a false gospel that was already making the rounds. (verse 8). Paul then addresses the cultural pressures that are tempting the Colossians to turn away from Jesus.
How did we receive Jesus?
He wants them to hold fast to what they were taught by the apostles. They received it from men of creditability and received it by faith.
We have no lack choice today as to who we would like to listen to, which church sermons we want to watch. Sometimes we can be sucked into subtle false teachings without even realizing it.
The Colossians were in danger of mixing Greek beliefs with their new faith in Christ and the Jews were in danger of taking away from the finished work of the cross by adding law to their faith.
What are we in danger of adding of subtracting today?
The other think that Paul is reminding them is about how they received Christ. How did we receive our salvation? We received it by grace through faith. Nothing more, nothing less. The Cross of Christ is complete and covers everything for me. I cannot earn it, I don’t deserve it.

V6b - continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him.
you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [d]in it with thanksgiving. (KJV)

Paul uses 3 pictures: walk, rooted and built up. All imply movement in such a way as to go forward. Another recurring theme with Paul is “in Christ” .
The gospel does not end with our sins forgiven. The full the gospel is salvation, redemption, reconciliation and restoration of all things to us the children of God i.e Spirit, mind, soul and body.

 In the old usage of the word “Walk”, It meant way of life. We often see this phrase used in the bible. Noah walked with God, Enoch Walked with God, Abraham walked with God. It means they lived their lives before God, in a way that reflected God’s heart and ways.
In my over 4 decades one thing I have seen and now with ever-increasing measure, sadly, is that people often start well but do not continue with increasing fervor. Some tragically lose their way floundering amidst the cares and worries of this world.
So the encouragement to ‘continue ‘is not without cause. To Continue is an important motif in the New Testament and should be in our lives too. This is mentioned in many different ways in the Bible.

Here are some: persevere in the faith, fight the good fight of faith, press on toward the goal, run the race with perseverance, run the race marked out for us, he who preservers will be given the crown of life, do not grow weary in doing good and many, many more such exhortations.

As I reflected on the word ROOTED, I thought it is good to pause and ask some questions. Is, my life built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness? He is my cornerstone.
Why are roots important?
It is the life source to the whole plant. Whatever soil the roots of my heart are planted in, will nourish me and determine how healthy the plant will be and what kind of fruit I will produce.
So where do I get my values from? What is influencing my life?
 What my mind feeds on will affect thought patterns, my emotions, and my behavior.
What soil my roots are in will affect what is” built up”. I need to continue to be rooted in Christ which is the richest and best place to have my life planted in. John 15 is full of repeated reminders to remain in Jesus so that we will bear fruit that will last.


As a child learns to walk they may do so with the help of a walker or by holding on to things. Once they gain full control and balance, they do not need the walker anymore.
Or its like learning to ride a bicycle. The trainer wheels come off when you have learned to balance and ride well.

We continue our Christian life “In Christ” not without Christ as time goes on. We never outgrow our dependence on Christ unlike how it is when we learn to ride a bicycle etc. Christ is not a crutch but the cornerstone of our very existence. The opposite is true in our relationship with Christ.

 The more I grow in my relationship the more dependent I am on Him.
The ones that forgot this, this it to their own destruction. Take King Uzziah. He became famous and successful and then pride filled his heart and he offered unauthorized holy incense to God and he was struck with leprosy.

In verse 6 Paul is urging us to continue in certain things as we live out our Christian life and calling.

He reminds his readers of the great sacrifice that Jesus paid for us all. He reminds us that is a complete work; Satan s defeated.

We are set free from the tyranny of the myriad laws that encumbered the poor Jewish soul.

Now that we are free – we are free for a purpose. This is specific for each one of us.
We are to continue in many things. However this “continue” is not static. It’s not about maintaining the status quo. It is about sustaining growth
verse 7, which asks us to be “built up”
Why do we need to do this? How do we do this and what is involved?

In our journey as Christ-followers, our aim is to become more and more like Jesus, to be Holy even as He is Holy.


We are built up as we stay rooted – as we continue to grow deeper in our fellowship with him.
We get built up by meditating on His Word and allowing it to grow richly in our lives, allowing the word to challenge and change us.

What do I do, to be built up, to grow, to be encouraged, and to be focused?

 So what do I continue in? Here are some things:

Continue to be a learner – seeking the kingdom to influence my lifestyle and decisions.
Continue to add to my “faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”  (2Pet 1:5-7)
Continue to persevere in the face of trialsbecause you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And tastings so my faith grows strong.” (James 1:3)
Continue to dig deep into God’s word in sweet fellowship and prayer (Col 3:16)
Continue to do good, and not grow weary of it (Gal 6:9)
Continue to meet with other Christ-followers to encourage and be encouraged. Let us not give up the habit of meeting together, as some are doing.( Heb 10:25)
Continue to build on Christ the Cornerstone. (1Cor 3:11)
When I do this, I will grow strong, mature and be productive bearing the good fruits of the faith.

 Are there things that you need to continue in that you have stopped doing?
Now is a good time to hit the reset button and restart.
If Christ has never been your cornerstone, make them the center of your life today.
Let us encourage each other and our other brothers and sisters to keep going.  We are yet to come into our best. Let us continue to the finish line.

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