Summary: Colossians 1:9-10
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Turn with me in your bibles to
9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it,do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
A few years back there was a law that passed in Arizona requiring people to prove that they were citizens of this country when they were asked.
. Let me read you a headline from a paper there in Phoenix when this law was challenged by the federal govt.
. A federal appeals court has struck down a key part of Arizona's law requiring voters to prove they are citizens before registering to vote or casting ballots. Tuesday's decision by a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law requiring voters to prove their citizenship while registering is inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act. That federal law allows voters to fill out a mail-in card and swear they are citizens under penalty of perjury, but doesn't require them to show proof as Arizona's law does."
. As I was preparing this message this week,
and thinking about this concept, of having to prove your citizenship
it got me to thinking about this command that God has given us to walk worthy,
I thought about the concept of having to prove that you are who you say that you are.
And it caused me ask this question
As Christians What are we to be walking worthy of?
. Paul is saying that we need to be worthy of the Lord.
. We need to be worthy of our citizenship
And just like the law in Arizona was requiring people to prove that they were citizens.
. This citizenship that we need to be worthy of is our citizenship in Heaven.
. As Christians we are called to be Christ like.
That is the very definition of the word Christian.
. I have a question for you this morning.
. If you was asked to do so Could you defend yourself in court and prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that you were a Christian.
Lets explore that for just a minute.
Picture with me that
. Your sitting in court and the attorney addresses you.
We will use the name mr smith as an example
Att.- Mr. Smith, you understand that you are here this morning to defend your claim that you are a Christian.
Mr. Smith- That is correct. I am a Christian
Att.- Your guidebook. Your instruction book is called the bible; is that correct?
Mr. Smith- Yes that is correct. I believe that the Bible is Gods Word and His Revelation to mankind.
Att. In matt. 22: 36-38 of your instruction manual, Your Jesus says that there are two commandments that everything kind of hinges on in your faith. It says:
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 “This is the first and great commandment. 39 “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[e] 40 “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Do you really expect us to believe that you love a being that you have never seen as much as these words say. According to this, this God of yours would have to be the most important person or thing in your life.
Mr.Smith- That is correct. He is.
Att.- Then maybe you can explain these inconsistencies that we have found as we talked to people who know you. We were told that you are consistently given opportunities to share with others this faith that you claim to have but you somehow manage to be busy or find something else that you would rather do. I would think that if you loved someone as much as you claim to you would want to tell others about Him.