Scripture: Colossians 2:1-23
Observation: Paul expresses his love for the Colossians and begins to remind them of their true freedom in Christ. He urges them not to adhere to the rules or expectations of the people around them but instead embrace fullness of life through Jesus.
Application: Do you know those people who are great at something the first time they try it? I am not one of those people. Here are just a few examples of my failure of firsts:
- The first time I made a salad dressing on my own – I used a tablespoon of salt instead of a teaspoon.
- The first time I went snowboarding – I broke my arm.
- The first time I went on a date – I wore a lime green shirt and, worst of all, thought I looked SO GOOD. I was 16 and clueless (clearly). #sendhelp
While I’m not proud of my failures (and I’m particularly not proud of my fashion choices), I can recognize them for what they are: growth opportunities.
When Paul writes to the Colossians here, he realizes that many of them are brand new in their faith. He wants them to experience the true joy and hope that come from a relationship with Jesus – but he knows it’s not easy and won’t happen all at once.
“I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (v.2-3)
True life in Christ is unlike any life we could build for ourselves – but it takes perseverance and practice.
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” (v.6-7)
We must build our lives on a firm foundation – and that foundation is Jesus Christ himself.
It’s a foundation of faith, one that doesn’t always make sense, one that’s uncomfortable at times and downright terrifying at other times. It’s a foundation of hope, of things unseen. It’s a foundation of freedom, of letting go what we know and embracing a wildly fulfilling unknown.
Today, let's ask: I building a firm foundation?
Prayer: God, it’s easy to build our lives on a lot of different things – affirmation, productivity, wealth, familiarity, routine. But today, I pray I’ll build my life on the only thing that ultimately matters: you. I confess all the things I hold onto on my own and invite you into those places – into every relationship, perception, attitude, and behavior. Amen.