Thursday January 9 2020

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Scripture: Colossians 1:24-2:7

Key verses: 2:6-7 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Reflection: Many years ago a confirmation student shared his profession of faith, saying “I know my faith is strong and will never change. What I believe will never change.” I was a little sad. I think he meant that he would make faithfulness a priority for the rest of his life and he was aware that he was making a significant commitment to follow Jesus Christ. But what I heard was “I won’t be open to new ideas. I won’t grow. I’ll be an adult with the spiritual understanding of a thirteen-year-old.”

Faith is more of a verb than a noun. It’s not something you receive like a gift and put on a shelf to admire. Instead you receive faith and you use it. You study. You pray. You serve, loving your neighbors. Faithful people change. They are open to listening and having their minds and opinions change. They are willing to take risks and to try new ministries. They can try new spiritual disciplines. They recognize that new experiences will bring questions and struggles, as well as affirmation and encouragement.

The writer of the letter to the Colossians encouraged the Colossians to grow in faith. The good news doesn’t stop once you “accept it” or “know it.” The good news unfolds every day as we live our lives in Christ. Faith is a journey, not just getting to the destination. It’s not primarily about getting saved, or joining a church, or becoming a Christian, or understanding the good news. Faith is about living our lives in Christ, living out our salvation, and following where Jesus guides us.

Prayer: Dear Lord, give me the courage and the strength I need to follow Jesus today. Deepen the roots of my faith and built me up. I am thankful for your presence and your grace at work in my life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Author: Millie Snyder

[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].

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