Not a quit on commitment
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.” – Colossians 2:6
For some of us, continuation in Christ Jesus can seem like a lot of work when we picture the commitments we made before about writing our sixth grade summer camp cabinmate for maybe the rest of our lives or at least through the end of high school, and we barely sent a snail mail letter past October of that year.
And commitments? Who hasn’t sent a piece of exercise equipment to the curb with a sign taped to it that read “FREE” because the fitness apparatus experienced separation anxiety after you made the commitment to exercise daily and enjoy better health in the long run, then daily became every other day, then every third day, then first thing every Saturday.
To follow through. Yikes.
To continue to follow Christ? That’s a tall order.
Or is it?
Consider some more of us. Those who have done some serious soul searching know sin sits at their core, and really bad stuff can fester if left unchecked. So, this option of following Christ Jesus as Lord is not a hardship; it’s a haven each day.
Paul, the author of Colossians, also says, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).”
That we don’t have to stay in sin is a hallelujah sing out shout out. Yes, we are going to fall short. Yeah. That’s not the good news. This is: in continuing to follow Christ Jesus, we don’t have to stay there.
PRAYER: Lord, we miss when we screw up sometimes—at least at first. But there it is. Sin. The exercise equipment may wind up roadside, but thank you that we can continue with you again and again. Amen.