Through Jesus - Conquerors

Thursday, August 20, 2020

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

This is part 3 in a 5 part series.

Colossians 3:17 has a broad scope - whatever you do. There is no part of our life not encompassed in that phrase. The way you drive, the way you interact with people, how you manage your money and assets. The broad scope is followed by a big ask, to live your life in the name of Jesus. Essentially, that means we are his representatives. We are supposed to do live just how Jesus would, or in a way that he would approve of. It then goes one step further and requires a big attitude - thankfulness. So everything we do is supposed to be as Jesus would, and we are to be thankful through it.

Thankfully the verse doesn't end there, with a big scope, big ask with a big attitude. It closes off with "through him". We are not left to flounder on our own, trying to do all this in our own ability. We are to do this through Jesus.

Over this series, I want to explore what Jesus has done that allows us to live this life through him.

This week, let's consider that through Jesus, we are more than conquerors with heavenly resources

Romans 8:31-32 - What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?

Romans 8:35-37 - Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

In our world there is so much uncertainty. Anxiety is at record levels. In the midst of that, we know that through Jesus that we are able to be more than conquerors. More than that we have access to resources, and it sets us on a firmer foundation. We just need to learn to embrace that as the truth. Sometimes that is our challenge, embracing and owning truth.

The principles of powered flight existed before there were any airplanes in the sky, we just needed to learn and apply them. Don't let the perceived facts stop you from learning and applying God's truth and principles. The Wright brothers did not let the status quo stop them from building their plane.

The facts for you might be a diagnosis, it might be your bank statement. It might be a broken relationship or study schedule that is over-whelming. It may be ministry challenges or growth you didn't expect. It might be team challenges, an unfulfilled dream, or a prayer that hasn't been answered yet.

Its not over yet. Position your heart and mind in the truth of what God says. And the truth is that we are more than conquerors and we have access to the resources of heaven.


Read previous posts in this series:

Part 1 - Through Jesus - New Creation and Identity
Part 2 - Through Jesus - Peace with God

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