Daily Archives: January 10, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Love | Marianne Toovey
Paul illustrates a beautiful word picture here, describing how our faith can grow and flourish like a strong, beautiful plant if we root it in Jesus.
I kill plants like it’s my job. No plant, indoor or outdoor, is safe with me around. However, there are a handful of plants in our yard that manage to sustain themselves. They don’t need my help and that’s their key to survival! In the same way, I can’t cultivate a garden of faith on my own. But if I keep my faith firmly rooted in Him, He’ll do the work to ensure my faith gets the nutrients it needs. I may go through a drought, but I don’t need to worry because my church family is there with a watering can when I need it. And when it seems so dark and gloomy that I’ll never see the sun, the Son will come out and refresh me! I don’t need to worry about killing this faith-plant, because it sustains itself in the Truth I’ve been taught. And I am overflowing with thankfulness!
Father, I do pray that my roots grow down deep into You, and that my life is built on You and You alone. I do thank You for sustaining me, because I couldn’t do it on my own. Help me to continue growing strong in Your Truth so I can be overflowing with thankfulness! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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