Coffee With God: 4/14/2023 | Colossians 1:3-5
“We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints, because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.”
What is the Christian life rooted in?
Would you think I’m crazy if I told you there is more than one answer? It all centers around Jesus, of course. He is the one in whom we trust, hope, confide, and receive forgiveness. Jesus is the door that leads to life. There is no other.
But Jesus’ gifts to us are so multi-faceted, his blessings so innumerable, and his love so unquantifiable that it is safe to say our faith is rooted in many different things. There are many aspects to what Jesus offers us in this life. In Colossians 1, Paul points out that one of the pillars of our faith is hope.
“We always give thanks to God… when we pray for you, ever since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.”
The Colossians possessed a faith that was rooted in hope. They exhibited a white-hot love for God’s people because of the hope they had in what was to come.
The Christians’ hope is a steadfast envisaging of the life we have before us. We believe – no, we know – that a future for us is greater and more wondrous than anything we can imagine here and now. Just like the prophets of old, our hope is rooted in the fact that Messiah is coming. But this time, we know exactly who he is and what he’ll do: usher in the fullness of life that God always intended for us.
Complete restoration of the sinless, perfect, incorruptible life with him that he imagined for us in the beginning.
This life comes and goes in the blink of an eye. It is like a vapor that is here one moment and gone the next. What lasts is what is to come—our future life with God in his perfect, forever kingdom.
A life that is rooted in this hope is a life that cannot be shaken.
Is your faith rooted only in the here and now? Or, like the Colossians, can you say with complete conviction that your faith, love, and very life are rooted in something that transcends what can be seen and touched?