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July 10 – Walk in Christ

“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” – Colossians 2:6 

Scripture reading: Colossians 2:6-10

It is challenging sometimes to appreciate preaching because we hear so much of it. Our criticism of it can be so much about the length, how interesting it was or the gifts or lack thereof of the preacher. It is easy to get distracted from the message. It is true that if preachers are not doing their job, the preaching is pointless. If Christ is not preached, we cannot receive Him, and if not, how can we walk with Him? But if we are receiving Christ, no matter the style or length of the sermon, we have what we need for faith and faithfulness. In Him, we can be established and grow.

Do you think we are so critical of preaching the Word because of the vain philosophy of the world? Today, modern thinkers accentuate the positive, making us feel good about ourselves while leaving us on our way to hell and hopelessness in the same way the heretics did in Paul’s era.

We need to hear about the completeness we have in Christ. For the Greeks, it was repulsive to think that the Godhead existed in human form. How could the perfect divine live in the corrupt physical? Yet God accomplished just that, which now destroys the philosophy of the Greeks and leaves us with the hope that the divine and human are reconciled.

Paul urges us to walk in the Christ we have received. If you have received Him by preaching of the Word, be careful of criticism, but glad and thankful.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for your preachers that they will preach what we need to receive. Ask for an open heart to accept Jesus and walk with Him in joy and thankfulness.

Pastor Al Bezuyen is married to Sanya and has been blessed with six children and two grandchildren. He is a Mid-America Reformed Seminary graduate serving at the Zion United Reformed Church of Sheffield, Ontario. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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