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"As you received Christ Jesus as Lord, live on (literally on foot) in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith, how it was taught to you, and overflowing with gratitude. Make sure that you do not trap anyone by a hollow and deceptive philosophy that depends on the human tradition and the basic principles of the world, not on Christ. For in Christ the whole fullness of the deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given the fullness in Christ who is the head over every power and authority. " Colossians 2: 6-10
There is nothing better that can happen to a person in life than to come to the place where he says "I believe". It is as if someone turned on the light, or even better, the day has dawned and the confusion and oppression of the people The darkness of life has been pushed back.
We want to believe, because without faith we have only a gigantic question mark about the meaning and purpose of life, no real hope for the future and no certainty that we are not loved by anyone who does not pass by human affection. Without faith, we are cut off from our Creator and consequently from what He has created. All life becomes disconnected. It's like sitting on a stool where two of the three legs have come off and the whole thing could collapse at any moment.
If we want to believe, we must realize that faith does not happen in a moment but is a lifelong path. Those who "receive" Jesus as LordI have to start a walk with him and continue. Summarizing these two ideas – "receiving" and "walking" – gives you an overall picture of faith. It's not just a walk, as if it's up to us to do a great search to find God hidden somewhere high in the mountains, but it's not just reception, it's like repeating vows at one Wedding would be a ceremony, but not with marital engagement.
Many believers like to "receive" Christ, and that is biblical, as we see in this passage. But it's just one way to describe the reality of belief. And it is important that we understand how serious this "receiving" is. It's not just about saying the right words or praying the right prayer as if it's a kind of evocation. While it is true that the front end of "receiving the Lord Jesus" is a simple confession of need – a plea for mercy, an opening of hearts and hands – we should realize that receiving a Lord is the one thing Giving up one's own rule over life means. And we would do well to delete the phrase "Christ to the Lord" from our vocabulary. We do not do anything to him. Because he is Lord, and just because He is already Lord, whether we acknowledge it or not, we can have the certainty that He really can His Lord in our life.
And then the walk begins. Just one step at a time Do not worry if you can make it to the pinnacle of life or not, because God will inevitably have to carry you a bit and take you to the top in the end.
How do you deal with doubts? You tell yourself that you do not invent faith, that you do not have to answer all the questions of life today and that you do not have to figure out exactly where you will be in five years. God knows. You just have to take the next step.
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Mel Lawrenz@ MelLawrenz) trains an international network of Christian leaders, pioneers and thought leaders. He was senior pastor of Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin for ten years, and now served as minister for Elmbrook. He has a Ph.D. in the history of Christian thought and is at the additional faculty of Trinity International University. Mel is the author of 18 booksincluding How to understand the Bible – A simple guide and Spiritual Influence: The hidden power behind leadership (Zondervan, 2012). For more information about Mel, see WordWay,
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