Colossians 2: 6 – 10 NLT
“6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 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.
8 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. 9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
Paul uses the picture of a plant with roots. When we bought our house many years ago, there was a red maple in the front yard. It was fairly big – big enough that our young girls loved to climb up and sit in the branches – but it didn’t have a huge trunk and root system. After a few years, we noticed that it appeared to be dying. We got advice and tried several things to revive it, but nothing worked. So we decided to take it down and replant the area with something else. When we began digging the roots up, we discovered that the roots were bound in very tough cloth and wire in a huge ball. Some roots managed to get out and grow a little, but not enough to keep the tree healthy. It appeared that whoever planted it, didn’t cut away the binding to let the root system develop. Without a strong root system, a tree can’t grow. Paul encourages us to let our roots grow down into Christ so our life can be built on him. We need that strong root system to stay alive and flourishing.
How do we do that? We can read our Bibles on a regular basis so we get to know what God says. We can pray – set aside time to pray, and also consciously decide to pray about small things throughout our day or thank God for those good things we experience during our day. We can attend church and get involved in various church activities. This is especially important as the pandemic begins to wind down. We need to be “rooted” with other believers, just not sitting at home alone watching online. We can encourage others by talking to them, writing a note, sending an email, texting, etc. Being aware of our connections to other believers encourages us as well. Maybe we should even think about connecting in some way with people in our church who we have just smiled and said “hello” to on a Sunday morning in the past.
Keep reminding ourselves frequently that we belong to Jesus and have been set free from all our sin, thanking God that we absolutely belong to him. “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.” (v. 9 – 10)
Our song for today is Hello, My Name Is by Matthew West.