From Pastor’s Desk:
Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
My intention is not to add to Scripture, but may I suggest some silent words in this verse?
“You” continue to live…”You be” rooted and built up…”You see to it that You” are strengthened in the faith…”You are to be” overflowing with thankfulness.
We must remember that the promises of God, though faithful and sure, are conditional. The blessings of God upon His children are contingent upon how His children live.
At our church we pray God’s blessing of Numbers 6:24-26 upon each other every day (or hopefully everyone does). In context with my remark above then, are we living so that God can bless and protect, smile upon and be gracious, show favor and give peace?
This is a wonderful blessing whereby Aaron was to bless God’s people. Too often, however, they trampled all over it. There were times that He literally cursed them instead of blessed them. They went their own way to such an extent that He could not protect them. They lived in such a way that He could not smile upon them, or as the KJV says, “…lift up his countenance upon thee,” meaning that when they called He would turn His face toward them. He did not, because they did not call on Him. Certainly there lives were not conducive to peace existence.
With all the spiritual blessings in heavenly places being promised us (Ephesians 1:3), is it not incumbent upon us then to live so that we can receive them?