“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” (Colossians 2:6,7).
OK, I admit it. Yesterday’s devotion was just a tad vague. Paul encouraged us to continue to live our lives in Christ. That’s pretty encouraging, but also a little bit confusing. What exactly does it mean to live a life in Christ? Thankfully, he explains it more fully: “Continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him.” Now we’re getting somewhere.
With two quick metaphors, we can almost visualize what Paul’s talking about. As a tree finds fertile ground and drives its roots ever deeper to find water and security, so we can connect to Christ, the very source of our identity. We’re his, we’re forgiven, and we’re loved. Once we’ve found this firm foundation in our Savior, it only makes sense to start building our lives on him.
What does that look like? Imagine the confidence you can have in life knowing that even the worst of your sins are wiped away. Imagine the joy you possess, even in the worst of circumstances, when you know that you’re living for a greater mission. Imagine the hope you know when things seem bleak, because you’re certain that God is working for your eternal good.
That’s not vague; that’s living life in Christ.