Take a moment to pause, be still, and prepare your heart and mind to receive God’s word.
Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
Imagine your friend gets married. They stand before witnesses and commit the rest of their life to one person. After the ceremony, you dance and celebrate with them. It’s a party! It is a huge, life changing experience. Now imagine you’re grabbing coffee with this friend a few months later. You ask after their spouse and they respond, “Oh I haven’t spoken to them since the wedding day.”
You would probably be concerned about your friend’s marriage! After all, getting married and being married are two different things. Getting married is a singular event, being married is an active relationship status. It’s the same when it comes to our relationship with Christ. It is more than a singular event or a one time decision. Paul makes this clear when he tells us that once we accept Jesus we must continue to follow him. The Christian life is not a one-day event, but an ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ.
What does your relationship with Jesus look like each day? Reflect on some of the words Paul uses to describe it: roots, growing strong, built, overflowing with thankfulness … would you describe your relationship with Jesus this way? Why or why not?
Ask the Holy Spirit to convict you in ways you can deepen your relationship with Jesus. Spend time listening and waiting. Write down anything that comes to mind.
What are some things you do to feel connected with a friend or family member? Discuss this as a family. Can we do any of these things in our relationship with Jesus? How?