Colossians 1:28 (ESV) — 28 “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
Today’s sermon will be part three of the continuation of our series entitled “On Mission Together”. We will be discussing the issue of helping one another to become more like Jesus.
Becoming mature in Christ is of the utmost importance. If someone were to ask me, “What is the Christian life all about?” I would say, “It’s about being transformed into the image of Christ.” The Apostle Paul and his missionary team had set this goal – to present people as those who walk as Jesus walked. This includes not only behavior but thoughts and attitudes.
In order to become like Jesus, we need both teaching and warnings. Teaching is the ongoing ministry of the Word. It’s important to be under its influence. We do this by regularly attending church, becoming part of a Bible study, and personal time in daily devotions. Through teaching we learn of Jesus’s character and mission. The more we learn and commit to obedience, the more we become like Him.
Sometimes we get off track in our progress towards becoming like Jesus. When this happens, we need to be warned. The word “warning” can be translated “admonish”. We need someone, in concert with the Word of God, to lovingly confront us in our sin. Let’s not despise correction. Yes, it’s humbling and even embarrassing to be admonished, but it’s necessary for us if we want to be like Jesus.
“Father God, Help me not to despise correction. Remind me that discipline leads to a harvest of righteousness. Give me a humble heart and change me through Your Word and the warnings of those in my church family. In Jesus name, Amen.”