Our devotion continues Balance in the Christian life with this thought, “A Balanced Christian Life Will Involve Warning” and my text is Colossians 1:27-28. “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:” (KJV) Here in our text, the apostle Paul is declaring the purpose for warning a brother in Christ that is either purposely or being led into living a life that is contrary to the clear teachings of the Word of God. That purpose is “Presentation Day,” which is the Judgement Seat of Christ. We live in the Laodicean Church Age and one of the main characteristics of this Age is to never warn about sin, never preach in a negative way, or in plainer words, “Don’t tell me how I am to live my life!”
We must remember that our love for our brothers and sisters in Christ should be the motivating factor for admonishing or warning our fellow believers. Fellow believers are never our “enemy!” Satan is our enemy, but he is extremely good at deception, to the point that as a believer gets cold on God and worldly, Satan can lead them in the wrong direction and that believer won’t fully realize it until their life and testimony is in shambles. The reason we must warn in the first place, is because we love our brothers and sisters in Christ, and we don’t want to see them fall into sin or error and ruin their testimony. To speak the “truth in love” has never been popular and to be honest, it will never be popular, but to please our Lord and be the help we need to be to our brethren, we must stand on God’s Word in spite of the “frowns” that may come our way from those we truly love with all our heart! In this day, there is a good chance that you and I will get a “cold shoulder” or even made fun of or even told “mind your own business” for our warning efforts, but because of the Judgement Seat, it is a chance worth taking!
Pastor Joey Durham