Thursday, October 22, 2009
Him We Proclaim
"Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me." (Colossians, 1:28-29) How should a Christian tell others about Jesus? Is everyone a proclaimer like Paul was? Do we, do I, need to change things in our lives to make witnessing of Jesus a higher priority? Paul says that he proclaims Christ through wisdom, and wisdom, with intimate knowledge of Christ, describes the goal of maturity for every believer. The goal of listening to and reading and meditating upon Scripture is to develop clear, practical skill in dealing with the facts of life, and to join together intimately in our minds all that Christ is and desires.
Proclaim: to announce publicly, warning and teaching others
Proclaiming Christ is important, but not necessarily urgent.
Conversion: only the first step in our relationship with Christ
Goal of proclaiming Christ: maturity (fully grown or arrived at the finish)
Maturity includes understanding, knowledge and wisdom in Christ
Understanding: intimately putting together in the mind
Knowledge: direct, intimate experience
Wisdom: clear and practical ability to judge
Proclaiming Christ, warning and teaching others with wisdom, relying upon the power of God's Holy Spirit and striving to help others reach spiritual and social maturity all seem to spring naturally from hearts that are in love with Jesus. What do you feel you need to step to a deeper relationship with Jesus?
A like-minded friend?