WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL:

If So, Then This

Follow-through is crucial to completion of many things that happen. To not merely initiate, but to pursue to the full objective. A physical picture of this is the athlete who “shoots” a basketball at the hoop. The motion of the arm must not stop with release of the ball but continue in the trajectory in motion to arm’s length. This gives added precision to the shot.
 
Many (very many) years ago I participated briefly in the sport of boxing. The coach repeated often that we needed to “strike-through” the point we aimed to hit, not to aim at the opponent, but through him.
 
This being the Sunday we celebrate particularly the pivotal point of Christian faith, the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, triumphant over death, hell and the grave, recognizing that the entire validity and power of the Gospel finds its expression here. 
 
I have to ask, “Then what”? Is there any follow-through, or do we just point back and say (quite truthfully), “He is risen, indeed”? Does this have a follow-through, today, now, here? The answer is, “Indeed”! The “follow-through” is essential, necessary, the purpose of it all. Read this in Colossians 3.
 
If ye then be risen with Christseek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
For ye are dead, and your life is hid  with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
 
Colossians 3:1-4
 
Then continue with the rest of the chapter. What a “follow-through”! As I read this just this week I realized once again, Jesus’ resurrection only has intended results as it comes alive in me. If so, then I will bring my conduct in line with His, by the instruction of His Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
 
Without this “follow-through”, my realization of, and participation in, the purpose of His resurrection, for Christian conduct is lost. Having received eternal life through faith in Christ, I now am called to express the same on earth! Go for it!
 
–Pastor Don Foster, Sr.
 

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