As believers, it is vital that we bury our roots deep in God’s word and in a close, intimate relationship with Jesus. When our roots are deep in the Word of God and in that relationship with Jesus we can easily discern God’s will. God’s will and ways are not based on the empty philosophies of the world. In verse 8 Paul continues Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. Everything about us, our life structure, our direction, our hopes, our dreams, all must come based upon the Word of God. The world will always give some half-cocked version of what true life is all about, but any of those versions are lifeless and empty. That is why we must bury our roots deep in the teachings of Christ, which in turn helps us see a Godly perspective on life itself. In verse 9 Paul writes For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. We are complete in Christ. If our lives are rooted in Him, we will not only handle the storms of life, but we will stand strong as a living testimony of God’s power and might. The world will always throw tornadic problems at us, but if we are rooted in Christ, we will stand strong. This power is what the new life in Christ is all about.
Verse 12 finalizes the whole thought where Paul writes For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him, you were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You are now living in that life with your roots firmly established in the Word of God, which is Jesus.
The Pilgrimage continues…