And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
Hey, Family Church!
With Easter coming up, I’m thinking about how Jesus at 33 years old was anticipating the agony of becoming a sin substitute for humanity. It had to be brutal on His mind, yet He did it for the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2). He looked down the annals of time to the other side of His sacrifice and saw people like you and me experiencing forgiveness and relief.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58
When we build our lives on Jesus, we are firmly established and steadfast — we will not be moved (Psalm 16:8). This doesn’t mean we become stubborn or bullheaded. It means that God gives us resolve and we are unwavering. We don’t back off, we don’t compromise, but we do see everything through the light of redemption and grace.
Those who have been forgiven much love much (Luke 7:47). Everything we are emanates out of the fact that we’ve been redeemed. When we see how bright and beautiful and diverse the Kingdom of God is all across the globe, then it opens up our hearts to consider the bigger picture. Because of Jesus we can love others, we can love ourselves, we can be steadfast, and we can be encouraged.
Pastor Jeff Perry
Resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
I have been loved much so I forgive much. For God so loved me that He gave His son, Jesus. And because I believe in Him, I am not lost but I have eternal life. I set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. I am steadfast and immovable. I always work enthusiastically for the Lord, knowing that nothing I do for the Lord is ever useless (Luke 7:47; John 3:16; Psalm 16:8; 1 Corinthians 16:68).
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