I’ve been a Christ follower long enough to know that when themes based on God’s Truth echo repeatedly in my heart and mind, I need to let God use it to change me from the inside out. And I also need to share them.
The resonating theme for the past few months now? Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It was true for salvation, and it is true for daily living. As I read in Colossians 2 this morning, a passage I’ve read umpteen millions times reached me in a new and fresh way:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” verses 6 & 7, NIV
RECEIVED: past tense…this passage is for believers in Jesus Christ.
CONTINUE TO LIVE IN HIM: present tense, active voice…act on the benefits of the salvation I received.
ROOTED, BUILT UP, STRENGTHENED: passive voice. I can’t make this “continued living” happen on my own no more than I could be saved on my own. It is only as I trust in Christ and depend on His resources that I grow in my faith at all. He has given me the Holy Spirit to do the work in and through me.
OVERFLOWING with thankfulness: Back to the present tense. When this kind of spiritual growth takes place, I don’t take it for granted, or receive the credit myself…I’m overjoyed and overwhelmed with a humble and grateful heart to the One who lives in and through me.
Honestly, this is my testimony in a nutshell. It’s all of ours if we are in Christ. When I notice that I’m complacent or apathetic or even proud of all that God is doing in my life, it gives me pause, and it should. When I’m not completely saturated and overflowing with thankfulness, and it comes to my attention, I ask the Lord to unsettle me.
As I prayed for recent unsettling, the Holy Spirit brought the latest nagging and repeating conviction to the center of my thoughts, and it’s in the verses that follow the passage above.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world RATHER THAN ON CHRIST.” vs. 8
Wonder why that is stated right after instruction to continue being rooted, built up and strengthened by Christ? I think it’s important to delve into…which I’ll do in my next post. I’m unsettled by it. Sobered. Thankful for all the ways Jesus is teaching me. I really can’t keep it to myself.
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