Do you remember the beginning of your new life in Christ? Did you say a prayer with a friend? Do you have a story of feeling the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit? Did you just get to a level of understanding to put into words what was always felt in your heart?
We call it new life in Christ, or being born again, for a reason. It is literally beginning anew, putting to death the sinful life that was void of God. Just as a baby is born, we too are born as a new creation in Christ (1 Corinthians 5:17). This is an amazing miracle of God’s grace.
Physical birth is a picture of spiritual birth in Christ.
Just as I am writing to you, Paul wrote the Letter to the Colossians to his friends in Christ to remind them of the power of our Lord. He is God in the flesh (Colossians 1:15), Paul says, as he explains that everything is created by and for Himself (Colossians 1:16-17). This necessarily means that we were created, physically and spiritually, for JESUS.
Our salvation is not primarily about us, but rather HIM!
Unfortunately, the church culture around us does not always teach us this truth. Instead, we hear that the Bible is an “instruction manual to our lives” and that the Gospel is how Jesus died for US so that we may one day be in heaven. We tend to be the main characters of the story.
Making the Gospel all about me has horrible implications.
If I am the main character in my salvation story, with Jesus as the no-name knight to save the day, then my faith would be very fragile. I could ignore Him until I needed Him. I could blame Him for not doing what I think is best. I could be free to search for other things in my life that promise to satisfy me.
And Colossians 2 : 6-8 would be impossible.
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. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
But Jesus is the focus of this great narrative. HE is the reason AND the way by which we are saved. We were dead but God made us alive. We are the supporting characters. It is by His grace that He allows us to join Him on His mission to reconcile all things to Himself (Colossians 1:20).
I don’t know about you, but this makes my heart so excited, friend. Seeing the greatness of Jesus makes me want to dig my roots deep into Him, as we are called to do in Colossians 2:7.
Like a tree planted right next to the water (Psalm 1:3), my source of life does not come from the surface, where drought and hardship can instantly hinder my growth. Instead, I get my nourishment from a much deeper place, where there is always water to be found.
Strong roots build strong trees.
Today, think about your own faith journey and reflect.
- Have you actually experienced new life in Christ?
- Do you think of God playing a supporting role in your story?
Most of us, if we are honest, would respond with a “yes” to this question. Let us confess this to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to be the main character in our stories.
- Are you rooted deeply in Him?
If not, ask God to plant you close to the River. Pursue Him above all else. Read Colossians 3 for more about what it looks like to be rooted in Christ.
See You In The Round!
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