“As you therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7
The secret to the Christian life is that there is no secret. The Colossians, like many people today, thought that if they could just find the one missing piece to their spirituality everything would fall into place. The Colossians tried legalism, mysticism, and human philosophy all in an attempt to find the secret to being complete in Christ. They bounced from one idea to another always looking, always hungry, always thirsty, but never finding the sustenance that was right their before their eyes. Does that sound familiar? It should because we fall prey to these same traps all of the time. We believe that something is missing in our spiritual lives and that all we need is to find that one missing piece that will finally make it all right.
Real spiritual growth, however, can only take place when we realize that the secret to the Christian life is that there is no secret. Paul admonishes us in these verse to walk in Christ in the same way that received Him in the first place. In other words, the Christian life is simply a matter of continually turning from our sinful, selfish way of living and trusting in Jesus. Now right away I can hear people saying, “wait a minute preacher, that’s too simple.” My response is, “do you really want it to be any harder?” This principle may be real simple, but it’s real true. Until we learn that everything we need is in Jesus and has already been provided in salvation, we will never be able to grow. Listen to what Paul says just two verses later, “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily’ and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” (Col 2:9-10)
What these verse teach us is that real spiritual growth does not come by trying to find what is missing but rather in becoming grounded and rooted in what has already been provided. The cross of Jesus is an inexhaustible storehouse of spiritual blessing. The more we come to understand, appreciate, and glory in the work of Christ upon the cross the deeper, richer and fuller our Christian experience becomes. Troubles can assail us from every side but they cannot move the Christian who revels in the love of Christ displayed on the cross. Satan can hurl fiery darts of temptation at us, accuse of us of every type of sin, condemn us, and remind us of every past failure but he can never defeat the Christian who basks in the knowledge that all of his sin was placed upon Jesus and completely paid for at the cross. Other people can mistreat us, misunderstand us, and even misrepresent us, but the grace of Jesus displayed on the cross still covers our life.
Brothers and Sisters the key to the Christian life is that there is no key, there is just Jesus and He is all we need.