Apr
05

The Jesus Life

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THE JESUS LIFE
by Eddie Lawrence

Text: Colossians 2: 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

1. Receiving Jesus

Colossians 2: 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

– John 1:12 – We receive him as God’s gift and become God’s children.
-This receiving is an act of faith. (John 1:12 says its believing on his name)
-Paul says it is confessing with your mouth and believing with your heart (Romans 10:9-13) and calling on his name.

ILLUS– When a man and woman are married, they receive each other for a lifetime. They commit their lives to one another and from that point on are seen as one and in covenant with each other. This is similar to what happens when we are saved, except we become betrothed to someone who is perfect and is able to empower us to live a much better life.

Have you received Jesus? If not, why not? At the end of this message, I am going to give you an opportunity to pray and confess Christ as your Lord and receive him into your life.

2. Walking in Jesus

Colossians 2: 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Himrooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

-As you received Jesus, walk in him. Wow, this is a powerful little phrase. It shows us that we are to live the Christian life the same way we entered the Christian life. We place our faith in Christ. We receive from him everything we need for every situation we face for everyday that we live.

-We must not ever remove the Christian life from the life of faith. When we begin to trust in our rituals instead of in Jesus, we are living the wrong way. No matter how religious is may appear or good it may seem, it does not replace the simple life of trusting Christ and receiving from him what we need through the Holy Spirit’s help.

ILLUS– A man’s daughter had asked the local minister to come and pray with her father. When the minister arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows. An empty chair sat beside his bed.

The minister assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.

“I guess you were expecting me,” he said. “No, who are you?” said the father.

The minister told him his name and then remarked, “I see the empty chair

I figured you knew I was going to show up.” “Oh yeah, the chair,” said the bed ridden man. “Would you mind closing the door?” Puzzled, the minister shut the door.

“I have never told anyone this, not even my daughter,” said the man.

“But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it went right over my head. I abandoned any attempt at prayer,” the old man continued, “until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, ‘Johnny, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with Jesus. Here is what I suggest.”

“Sit down in a chair; place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see Jesus on the chair. It’s not spooky because he promised, “I’ll be with you always.”  Then just speak to him in the same way you’re doing with me right now.”

“So, I tried it and I’ve liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I’m careful though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she’d either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm.”

The minister was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old man to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, anointed him with oil, and returned to the church.

Two nights later the daughter called to tell the minister that her daddy had died that afternoon. “Did he die in peace?” he asked. “Yes, and when I left the house about two o’ clock, he called me over to his bedside and told me he loved me and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange about his death. Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on the chair beside the bed. What do you make of that?” The minister wiped a tear from his eye and said, “I wish we could all go like that.” (Source Unkown)

Friends, that’s a life that is walking with Jesus. Resting and receiving from him.

3. Rooted in Jesus

Colossians 2: 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

-Paul uses a different picture for us here. Rooted is the picture of a plant that is rooted in the soil from which it receives all the nutrients it needs to sustain its life. It also is rooted so that it will not be blown by the winds or washed away by the floods. This is how we are to be rooted in Jesus.

Jesus himself calls us to be rooted properly….

Matthew 7: 24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.

4. Built Up in Jesus

Colossians 2: 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

-Built up in him shows us that the Christian life is to be one of growth and development. Like building a house. You start with the foundation and then go up from there. So it is in our relationship with Jesus. We keep growing until we learn how to live the ascended life with him in the heavenly places. We become so fused in our thoughts and actions with Christ that he is able to live his life through us. Paul states it this way….

Galatians 2: 20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Conclusion: Have you received Jesus? Are you walking in faith day by day trusting him for all things? Are you rooted in him so that you can withstand the adversities of life? Are you growing in him being built up in him? Today is the time, to enter more fully into a life of trusting Jesus Christ as Lord in all ways and in all things in our lives.

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