January 25, 2021: Built in Him
“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness” (Col. 2:6–7, NLT).
I find that my favorite text can shift depending on where I am in my spiritual journey. At times, I have found over the years that it seems easier to whine about issues than change my attitude to “overflow with thankfulness.” The text states that as I grow in Christ and my life is built on Him, then the natural overflow will be thankfulness, for the fruit of a mature Christian is thankfulness.
Some months back, I received a really negative email from someone who seemed to have inside information on my life—stuff in which I wasn’t even aware. My initial reaction wasn’t good, but then I realized that, since I am built on Christ, my Savior, that this fact, in and of itself, is reason enough to be thankful. My worth is built in Him!
God, when things go awry, may we choose to change our outlook from grim to thankfulness, because our hope is built on You and nothing less. Amen.
Bill Miller is the president of the Potomac Conference.