Earlier this week, I decided to hang a beautiful, yellow forsythia wreath on the front door of our future home to bring a little beauty, color, and spring to the otherwise unfinished space. As I hung it, I could not help but think about how this lovely, fresh wreath, and the not-so-lovely house surrounding it, reminded me of what God is doing in my life right now. Our lives may be under construction, worthy of a strip of yellow CAUTION tape, but there is also beauty in the making.
There it is, in all it’s yellow glory. Don’t you just love my door??
As you walk up to the front door of my house, you can see the lovely yellow flowers hanging there, as if to say “hello!”, but you do have to look past a window covered in old grime, which is attached to a decaying door. Sort of like my house, underneath the surface of my life – below the dust, the dirt, the partially-finished exterior – is a beautiful, fresh life. It’s Jesus’ life, living in me. You can definitely see Him, even in the middle of the construction. But some days, it’s just plain hard to look past the uncompleted exterior to see the perfectly complete Life inside.
Let’s check out a section of verses which will remind us of this fresh life within us. In Colossians chapter 2, Paul encourages the church to remember the truth of how they were saved, and what they were saved from. He tells them that now that they have this new life, they are to stop being swayed by persuasive arguments from people who want to lead them away from Christ (2:4). The first half of verse 10 says, “in Him you have been made complete.” We could pretty much stop there, and just focus on those 7 words… But, I’d like to look at more with you so that we can see an even bigger picture of how awesome our lives are in Jesus Christ.
“…and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:2b-3
Here, Paul reminds us that there is great wealth and assurance (how many of us could use some more of that!?) through knowing Jesus. Let’s make it a priority to get to know Him better. I mean, why not, right?? He embodies great treasures, and He now lives in us. So all of that wealth, treasure, wisdom… it’s in us! Whoa! Even when there is dirt and grime on the outside, there is pure gold on the inside!
“Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” Col. 2:6-7
How did we receive Christ? Simply by faith. That is how we are to live each day. Simply by faith. Period. We were firmly (a.k.a. unable to move) rooted in Him – there is no need to worry about being uprooted and tipping over. We are established; we have a strong foundation. And now our faith is growing and developing in practical, daily life. There is no need to fear. There is no room for evil persuasion. We are set. We are sure. We are secure.
“For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.” Col. 2:9-10
Christ is fully God, with all of the power and knowledge of the Father. That Life is now in us! All of that power and knowledge indwells us through His Spirit. And that is why Paul can say, with confidence, that we have been made complete! It’s not a matter of us asking God for more of “this” or “that.” We already have all of “it” in full! [Want to shout Amen? Go for it!]
Your life may be surrounded by CAUTION tape, but remember that it’s not construction to make a more perfect, complete version of you. YOU ARE ALREADY COMPLETE! Rather, it is the slow stripping away of yourself to unveil the Beautiful One living inside of you. He wants to show you more of His lovely self, so that you will let Him live through you in front of the world! Who wants to look at a grimy door for long, let alone live with it as your front entrance to greet all of your guests? Certainly not me (and yes, that door on my house will be replaced… hopefully soon!). And that’s definitely not Jesus’ desire for you either.
Are you encouraged today? Do you understand that you are complete in Him? Are you ready to live that way? Are you willing to walk in Him just as you received Him – through faith and in grace?
*The passages used for this post are taken from the NASB.
Linking up with Natalie Venegas at Salt & Light.