April 5, 2021 - Colossians 2:6-10
Anytime there are words about trees or growth in a text, I naturally gravitate towards them. There are countless analogies that can come from thinking about trees and faith. In today’s text, we are being encouraged, as followers of Christ, to let our “roots” grow deep into this relationship and to have the foundation of our lives centered on and built around Christ.
With spring fully here, there is eager anticipation for this new growth that comes at this time each year. There are signs of this renewed life as the trees begin to sprout rich, green leaves, the longer daylight warms our souls, and the birds and animals fill the air with their calls and songs as they return from their winter migrations or hibernations.
During this post-Easter time, where we start coming down from this mountaintop experience of joy in the celebration of the risen Christ, it is vital to continue nurturing our own faith and grow in our relationship with Jesus. There will always be other distractions or hot topics that are trying to pull our attention away promising a quick fix to an issue in our life. The struggles of this world will try to blow us over and knock us down.
But when we can return to Christ Jesus, instead of being pulled away from him, we can view the world through that lens. Perhaps the things we have been chasing after aren’t nurturing us or helping us grow in the ways we thought they were, but rather they are distracting us from Christ. These things, even under the disguise of high-minded thoughts, can actually begin to sound nonsensical when we can realize they aren’t helping us grow in our relationship with our true Lord and Savior – Jesus.
Questions for reflection:
- What are some thoughts or quick fixes in your life that may actually be drawing you further away from Jesus?
- What are some practical ways you want to continue to grow in your faith in Jesus as you follow him?