“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” vss. 6-7
Continuity in faith is one of our great challenges as the people of God. There are points in life where there is a flurry of excitement, perhaps a new class at our church or a weekend retreat. We might even adopt new spiritual disciplines along the way and find meaning in a new practice or ritual. Some even switch denominations and get fired up with new pastors and different worship styles. But to hang in there through thick and thin, managing the ups and downs, and do it for a lifetime, well, that can be a challenge! Paul advised the Colossians to focus on Christ Jesus as their Lord and to root their lives in him, just as they had been taught from day one. Granted, sometimes that’s not very exciting and some, particularly the young, might even call it boring, but our calling isn’t about being jazzed up by some new teaching every other day. Rather we have been called to love and serve in the name of Jesus and as, Paul indicates, to daily offer thanksgiving to God for the solid foundation that we have been given. The beautiful thing about all of this is that as the years pass we are built up and established in the faith, and it can never be snatched away.
Thought for the Day: How central is faith in my life?