I have just recently been thinking about joining a gym (ask me if I have taken the plunge, when you see me!). It’s the same old story – a new year, a new resolve to get fit, lose a bit of weight, and so on. The problem is, we pay our membership fees, go for a few weeks and then stop going (or is it just me?). With all the best intentions, it’s so easy to start well, but then get distracted with the other stuff of life.
The Christian life can be like that. We start out with great joy, lots of enthusiasm and great energy for the gospel. But then stuff happens: disappointment in work or studies, disappointment in relationships, and hard stuff like sickness and death. Not to mention negative reactions from other people about biblical Christianity.
The Apostle Paul writes to some Christians who were facing pressures and distractions that could have so easily taken them away from an on-going walk in Christ. He writes to encourage them:
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” (2:6-7)
Paul’s letter to the Colossian Christians also enables us think rightly about who Jesus is, what we have in Christ and how to keep going, or as God’s Word says, “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord” (1:10)
I’m looking forward to opening the Word of God with you all at Menai and thinking more about how we are to continue to “walk in him”, abounding in thanksgiving.
Jenny is joining us for the Women's conference in 2 week's time and will be bringing more fantastic teaching from the Word in 2 keynote sessions and one of the workshop electives. Register by contacting Denise in the church office.