Posted by: pastordarren | July 23, 2010

To What Do We Attach Our Lives?

I know that it has been over a month since I last wrote here, with summer and CYF Conference and other things, this has just been pushed down but now I want to get back into it and begin writing again. 

The text for this week in the morning service comes from Colossians 2 and says:

So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live in him. For you have been rooted in him and are being built up and strengthened in the faith, just as you were taught, while you overflow with thanksgiving. See to it that no one enslaves you through philosophy and empty deceit according to human tradition, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. (verses 6-8)

This is one of Paul’s discussions on the difference between a life lived in Christ and a life that is still focused on and lived in the world.  This is one of Paul’s favorite themes throughout his writings because he knows the importance of living a life in Jesus.  His basic theme here is that when we are rooted in Christ, the philosophies of this world that are based on traditions, worldly principles and outright lies are not appropriate for believers to participate in and follow. 

Many times these are difficult to discern because they have become part of our culture, church, belief system, family and so on that we have a hard time making the distinction between what is rooted in Christ and what is rooted in the world.

I spend some time this week weeding out flower beds and was amazed at the amount of roots that needed to be pulled and the need to be careful of the difference between the weeds and grass and the plants and flowers that needed to say.  The weeds and grass needed to be carefully gone through and pulled so as not to damage the flowers and bushes but I also needed to get the roots out or they would come back.

This is similar to what we do in our Christian life, discerning what is of Jesus and what is of the world and getting the world’s stuff out, roots and all and then attaching our lives to that of Christ so it can grow and flourish.

What do you see around you and your church and in your community that is not rooted in Jesus?

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