Reading: Colossians 2: 6-19
In order to both stay strong and to grow in our faith, we must be well connected to Christ. We accomplish this by being in a close personal relationship with Him. As God incarnate, Christ came to earth and lived among us so that we could better relate to Him and could better connect to His example and teachings.
Today’s reading gives us three ways to see our connection to Christ. The first is that of a tree. Christ is the soil that nourishes our faith and allows us to grow in Him. We, like a tree, need to sink down deep roots. The winds of life will try and blow us this way and that. If we are not deeply rooted in Christ, we can be easily swayed and perhaps could even topple over. When we are deeply rooted, we can pull from deep within ourselves to withstand what life brings.
The second metaphor is that of a house. In this example, Christ is our strong foundation. Christ and His teachings are the solid rock upon which we build our lives. The solid foundation of our faith keeps us anchored when the storms of life come. The trials and struggles will surely come. But when we are rock solid in our faith and our foundation is built on Christ alone, then we can handle the things that happen that will test our faith.
Christ as the head is the third way we need to connect to Him. In our own bodies the brain controls everything. The brain controls all function and thought. The brain is the complete control center. We do not do anything without impulses, thoughts, and decisions passing through our brains. In our lives, Christ needs to function in the same way. All we do and say and think needs to come through Christ dwelling in us. All must be filtered through the ‘what would Jesus do’ question.
Each day we need to be in the Word, to spend time in prayer, and to reflect on God’s will and direction for our lives. Each day we need to take His teachings and go forth to be the light and love our world so needs. Each day may we be firmly rooted in Christ, standing strong upon the foundation He provides, so that we may humbly and faithfully be His hands and feet in the world.