Rooted in Christ
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. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. Colossians 2:6-10
With the rising number of religious beliefs and philosophies, all the more we have to listen to the warning provided from the Scriptures. In spite of the failing attempts of human wisdom to solve humanities’ problems, still there is a continued disregard to submit to God’s wisdom. People continue to believe the lies propagated by Satan that within us is the existence of god and by believing in ourselves we can solve all the ills of this world. From the text, the apostle Paul is calling all those who placed their trust in Christ to continue to grow in their relationship with Him. There is an expectation that every believer will progress in their faith and that they will not stop in their spiritual growth. They are to live walking step by step continually submitting to the Lordship of Christ. God expects from us a steady growth in our spiritual life. As Paul told Christians in Colossae, the philosophies of this world will attack the claims of Christ so that those that believe in Him will doubt their relationship with God. False teachers will propose that there is something more that man needs in order to attain completeness and this longing is to be satisfied outside of Christ. Yet, the Bible contends that those who placed their faith in Him are complete lacking in nothing “for in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.” We have to be grounded and rooted in His word so that we will not be blown away easily by every wind of philosophies. When rooted in Christ not only we are strong against false teachings but also the opportunity to produce fruit is greatly enhanced. Our knowledge of Christ will produce in us a thankful heart. Thankfulness is a result of being satisfied for the relationship we have in Christ. A discontented person that grumbles and complains will be an easy prey to Satan’s deceptions. The fullness of God is in Christ and there is no reason anymore to look for fulfillment outside of Christ for in Him life is complete. All we have to do now is to grow in our relationship with Him by feeding on His word.
Noel De Guzman
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