This weekend I preached on Colossians 3:1-11. As I was preaching I came to realize of all the questions I asked I forgot to ask one of the most important questions; that is, “What are you willing to let go of to spend one day with Jesus?” You see, while I was preaching I came to realize that many professed Christians are still holding onto many of the things that Paul tells us we must let go of before we can enter the kingdom of God.
Let’s look at Colossians 3:5, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Paul does not stop there. He also tells us there is still more that we like to hold onto. In Colossians 3:8 he says, “But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.” What Paul is telling us is that growing in Christ is a growing process and as such we must keep looking towards Jesus every day.
We must understand that the battle is not over once we become Christians. The truth is we have just started the fight. Once you become a Christian Satan will work even harder to bring you down. He will put difficulties in your path hoping to win you back.
So how do we hold on during times like these and keep our faith? Well, for me, it is by staying connected to my church family. When you become a Christian, you are called into a relationship with God and the church members. Look at 1 Corinthians 1:9 where we read, “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.” In 1 John 1:3 we learn “that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” To me these verses make it clear that we enter a fellowship that goes two ways: with God and with other Christians. A Christian needs both of them to stay strong.
Today I hope your answer to my question will be that you are letting go of all obstacles that could keep your eyes from looking to Him and when we do (then and only then) will we receive that golden crown.