My heart felt as if it would burst yesterday morning while drinking my coffee and reading my bible. I was reading in Colossians and just felt so much peace and gratitude towards Christ. I so badly want to life a life that would be pleasing to Him, yet I fail Him greatly each day. The spiritual man and fleshly man inside are at a constant war. You want to serve Christ and not let any sin into your life, but are so weak in your flesh and have to constantly uproot sin in your heart. Do you struggle with this as well?
I want to live a holy life full of His love and light and not a life full of myself. Thankfully, we can rest assured that God knows our heart. He knows how hard we try to serve Him and live for Him even though we are weak in our flesh.
Colossians 2:6-7 says, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
How often do we forget to build ourselves up in Christ?
We wander through life depleted spiritually and look up one day only to realize that we have neglected Christ and neglected to build ourselves up in Him. We first try building ourselves up by a new routine, new workout plan, new clothes, and new career ventures. I know that we forget to first build ourselves up in Christ and let the rest come after.
I picture a person building a house, or trying to build a house, only to stop mid-build and put his hammer down. Instead of completing the house, he walks away leaving unanswered questions (unhappy homeowners) and an empty shell. What beautiful windows, doors and rooms could the man have created if only he would have kept building? The same in our lives: What could God be using us to do for His glory? Perhaps we have forgotten about Him and neglected to build ourselves up in Christ for a time. We have dropped our hammer and nails and brushed the dust off of our hands. Instead of following His calling, we started paving our own way.
Maybe we need to remember all the wisdom God has given us since becoming His child. The second part of verse 7 says, "...and stablished in the faith as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
Oftentimes, in weary seasons, I sit back and remember what He has taught me and where He has brought me from. All the seasons of depression and heartache were only leading me to the present and God is the reason that I have made it this far. During the longest winter seasons of life when I felt as if life would never get better, He was there. I can close my eyes and vividly recall a moment where He washed His peace over me. I was a high school senior sitting in the computer lab working on a project. All you could hear was the clicking of fingers on keyboards and I remember it was cloudy outside. I was upset about my parents and feeling down about other issues I was having. I looked out the window and saw the sun suddenly shining directly through the thick clouds right at the window where I was sitting. I remember smiling to myself and feeling the peace of Christ pass over me. He knew I needed that reminder on that particularly hard day.
Little pieces of seasons that He has brought me through have all come together to teach me more about Him and His faithfulness. When it gets dark outside and the enemy starts to fight and shoot his darts at me, I can run to what God has taught me and thank Him for His protection over the years.
In a world that is seemingly running away from God, I want to stay rooted and built up in Christ. Even when it is hard and I feel so weak.
Friend, being a follower of Christ is tough at times. We want so badly to live a life for Him but we fail Him so much. The good news: He loves us unconditionally. He sees how badly we want to live for Him and how hard we try to make Him proud. He is already proud of His children and loves us more than we could ever fathom. He wants more for His children though, and wants us to continually deepen our understanding of Him and trust Him to the end.
A few ways I intentionally stay rooted in Christ:
1. Make prayer and scripture a priority in my life-I am not interested in routine Christianity where I only read the bible a certain time of day and pray once to check it off my list. I want to continuously talk with God as I am feeding my kids and washing dishes AND when I am sitting in church. It never has to end and the same goes for scripture reading, I want to "Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. (Proverbs 7:3)" I want to be a doer of the word and follow God's commandments.
2. Find an accountability partner-I have heard this all of my life but oftentimes forget the importance of having an accountability partner. Ask your spouse or close friend to help you in this area and promise to keep one another on track.
3. Keep Yourself In Spiritually Conducive Environments-It sounds so simple doesn't it? Surround yourself with people who push you closer to Christ and stop surrounding yourself with toxic people that are sucking the life right out of you. Fill your heart, soul and mind with life-giving things that push you forward. Far too often, we are letting all sorts of negative media and mindsets come into our hearts and minds that will ultimately leave us feeling depleted.
This verse in Philipians chapter 4 comes to mind: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Verse 4)"
Praying that you will become deeply rooted in Christ, friend!