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Rooted in Christ

Weekly Devotionals

Rooted in Christ

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.

– Colossians 2:6-7

 

How do you measure your life? What do you think your purpose is? When you hear the word ‘Life’ what comes to mind? What is truth? Where do you find meaning in life?

Modern and ancient thinkers alike have pondered these questions and the answers are as varied as the number of individuals who have struggled with these existential questions. Rather than deal with these queries individually, what I’d like to press upon the reader is to ask the question that’s underneath all the questions. Namely, what’s the root enabler that guides all your decision-making, feelings, and overall outlook on life? Just as a house needs a foundation in order to keep itself from caving in on itself, we need a footing on solid ground to make sense of our motivations and desires.

A careful reading of Colossians reveals a situation where Paul is responding to a controversy that was creeping into the community. Paul touches on several issues in the letter: human philosophy, tradition, worship of angels, regulations over food, rituals and severe treatment of the body. He opens the epistle with an impassioned prayer of thanksgiving (ch. 1:3-8) and then
encourages the community to bear fruit from the knowledge of God that was passed down to them (ch 1:9-10). This prayer is significant, as it alludes to Paul’s aim of rooting the Colossians in the knowledge of Christ to counter the “plausible arguments” offered by his opponents (ch. 2:4).

That truth is as valid then as it is now. We live in a time where we are constantly bombarded with competing values to help make sense of some of the most complex problems that dog our existence. “Just Do it”, “What’s in your wallet?”, “Have it your way”, “Obey your thirst”, “Yes we can”, “Make America Great Again”; and the list continues on and on in our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feeds. We lay in our beds, our faces shining from the glow of our smartphones, as we aimlessly search for meaning through this source of ‘light’ hoping to find something of substance and depth.

Paul reminds us, just as he did with his Colossian family, that the root of our existence doesn’t rest on a principle or value system. Instead, our foundations rest on a person, one who wants to relate with us and love us. “He rescued us from the power of darkness…” (ch 1:14) and provides the TRUE light that our blind eyes long for. Jesus rests above all human philosophy and
circumstance and that knowledge will produce in those who hold steadfast in the faith tangible riches from God. That is to say, the gifts of the Spirit: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. May the supremacy and sufficiency of Christ be the root that sustains our very existence, now and forevermore.

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.