Good morning everyone,
Back in October of 2010 before I first started the blog and sending out devotionals, I wrote on the book of Colossians and how it is a book of connections. This morning I want to revisit it because I think one of the most important things you can ever do in this life is to be connected to the Lord. Paul helps us to understand when you combine anything to the mix of Christianity, you get something that is not of God. The Colossian church at that time was mixing philosophies and religion with Christian truth. The result was Gnosticism which was steering people away from God and denying Christ as Lord and Savior. It is a slippery slope when you choose to have a 'fruit salad' mentality for your beliefs; taking a little of this and a little of that because it better suits your needs. To combat this devious error, Paul stressed Christ's deity---His connection with the Father. Colossians 2:19 says, 'They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.' When we think that we are more than what Christ intends for us to be, our thinking will get us in serious trouble. Many people believe that being a good moral person, staying out of trouble, and believing in a 'higher power' are the ingredients you need in order to get to heaven. There is only one road to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. John 14:6 reminds us that there is no other way because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life! See, He made you so that you would humble yourself and realize beyond a shadow of a doubt that being connected to Him is your ticket. Being a Christian starts with each of us getting on our knees and asking Him to change us. It continues in how we 'love' and 'serve others.' It is a commitment to Him by allowing Him to weed us so we can 'grow' and be 'fruitful.' It isn't about where you've been! It is about where He wants to take you!
Your brother in Christ,