Be Established in Faith
Colossians 2:6 So live in Christ Jesus the Lord in the same way as you received him. 7 Be rooted and built up in him, be established in faith, and overflow with thanksgiving just as you were taught. 8 See to it that nobody enslaves you with philosophy and foolish deception, which conform to human traditions and the way the world thinks and acts rather than Christ.
Human nature is nothing if not humorous. After all, we have everything we need in Christ to be content, thankful, and strengthened in our faith, yet we tend to look other places for our help. Isn’t that funny? We are given freedom from bondage in Christ, yet we allow people to deceive us and burden us with traditions made by man instead of God. Isn’t that funny?
The Colossians were in danger of having the gospel adulterated by those who taught that faith and grace alone were not enough to offer salvation. And, if you think about it, the gospel does not make sense to the world. How could it? The gospel requires that we believe in a God we cannot see, follow a Christ who did not come to save the people from a corrupt government but from the corruption within their souls, and depend on a spirit for strength and guidance.
Things have not changed much in the 21st century. Instead of reading the Bible to discern God’s will, we read self-help books. Rather than allowing our faith to sustain us, we look for signs. Will we ever learn?
PRAYER: Dear God, forgive us for failing to remain steadfast but instead being tossed by every wind. Help us to maintain a teachable heart and to keep our eyes on you rather than seeking answers elsewhere. Amen