Unsettled, And I Can’t Keep it to Myself

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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11 Responses to Unsettled, And I Can’t Keep it to Myself

  1. Sincerity says:

    Blessings to you dear sister! I too am studying Colossians in my devotions and had paused at that exact verse the other day. Amazing how God works miracles in our hearts and minds.

    I had recently just completed a Bible Study on the gospel of Mark and have been learning how the life of Jesus reflects the desires God has for our daily living.

    I understand what you said above feeling so overjoyed, overwhelmed, and humbled when you see some of the changes God is doing in you. It can be easy to get discouraged at times. Especially when we fail. But God is faithful!

  2. Joanne Sher says:

    Wonderful reminder, my dear. Praying to be unsettled right along with you.
    Joanne Sher recently posted..Get Some Jewels of Encouragement

  3. Lisa Mikitarian says:

    I loved the way you broke down the verses–so much more meaning comes shining through!

  4. Your Favorite Daughter says:

    I like the way that you broke down the verses and said the meanings, it makes it easier to understand what ur talking about when we read what ur sayin((:

  5. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thank you, Sincerity! So thankful to have sisters in Christ on the journey learning more about Him through His Word. I really appreciate your sharing!

  6. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Yes, it’s a dangerous prayer, Jo!

  7. LauraLeeShaw says:

    Thanks, Lisa!

  8. LauraLeeShaw says:

    haha, favorite daughter, huh? Well, you are most definitely treasured by your mama for sure. Couldn’t love you more if I tried!

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  10. Laury says:

    Awesome words for me to read today, Laura. Thank you for sharing. Now I’m whisking on over to part 2!
    Laury recently posted..I Will be True to the Promise I Have Made

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