What do the following images have in common?
They are all images the apostle Paul uses in Colossians 2:6-7, to describe sticking with Jesus and his masterplan. His message is this: just as you started in Christ, continue by growing in Him.
We looked at them in our core team meeting on Sunday.
Can you spot them in the verses?
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
The meaning of the tree and the house images in these verses are easy to understand – they grow, but they stay in the same place. When was the last time you saw a tree going for a walk?! They continue where they started.
The walking boots are a bit harder to grasp. Paul describes how we are to walk in Christ – this means never moving away from him in our living. We are to be as attached to him as our feet are to our shoes when we’re walking.
We all want growth in our Christian lives, but only one type will do. Only growth that is in Christ and his masterplan will actually keep us going. We should be wary of any teaching that could work without Christ, or doesn’t have the person and plan of Christ at its heart.
Just as you started in Christ, continue by growing in him.