It’s been a little hectic around here for the past few days. Nothing is more calming when life gets confusing than spending some quality time with the Prince of peace, don’t you agree? Thank the Lord that He gives us direction!
Read Colossians 2:6-15.
Here Paul is encouraging the believers to continue growing in their faith and relationship with God. Even back then Christians were at risk of becoming stagnant in their faith, not backing up but not moving forward either. This passage reminds us of the greatness and glory of Christ’s sacrifice for us and pushes us to continue in it.
For a start, we can’t move forward in God if we’re stuck in the thought patterns of this world. Paul warns the believers not to be tricked by philosophies that aren’t from God. There are many ideas going around today that seem good, but in reality are hollow and in contradiction with God’s Word. We have to dig deeper into His Word in order to unearth these false philosophies. Christ’s way is so much richer and more satisfying than any belief this world has to offer.
We also have to remember that growing deeper has nothing to do with our own capacities or strengths. It is only in God’s power we can grow, and He does grow us when we let Him. And we don’t have to be afraid of ever running out of God’s power because as Paul said, “in Christ you have been brought to fullness.” (v.10) This fullness is the full presence of God within us through His Holy Spirit, and one can’t run out of God. We should ask and trust Him to fill us and grow us while we are seeking Him.
Paul reminds us of the fullness of Christ’s power when He defeated and removed our “old self,” which was a slave to sin, when we were saved by Him. We should put off our sinful desires because that is no longer who we are. We should embrace this new life He has raised us to because that is who He has now made us to be.
Paul makes an interesting statement in verse 12: “having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from him dead.” Sometimes we doubt that God is working in our lives, but through Jesus, we’ve seen that He does indeed work. He raised Jesus from the dead and us too. We have to have faith even when we can’t see His hand because we know His heart (see Hebrews 11:1). After all, how strong is faith that sees what it’s trusting in?
Finally, Paul reminds us that our sins are forgiven. God saved us while we were sinners. He did it all, and He can do it all. We don’t have to worry about being perfect; we just have to focus on loving and following God. Our past is truly forgiven and forgotten. We don’t have to still feel guilty for sins He’s already forgiven. We need to throw off the baggage from our past and put it in God’s hands so we can focus completely on Him. When it comes to all our sin, “he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.” (v.14) His victory is now our victory, and He paid too great a price for us to not believe it’s enough. We truly are forgiven and made new by Him, even if we don’t always feel it.
To recap: “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” (v.6-7) Thankfulness is a huge part of our relationship with God, and rightly so, considering all He’s done for us. He has given us what we need to do each of these things and more, and He gives us strength and comfort all the way. He is God, and we are not. He will provide for everything; we just have to follow and trust Him.
Thank the Father for taking care of us and giving us everything we need to follow Him. Ask that He will help you grow deeper in Him. He is God!