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6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.
The Galatians struggled with how to live out their faith. They knew the message of Jesus; their faith was firmly planted in what Christ had done on the cross. Yet, they were being encouraged to add actions to this faith; to add on the practices of the people of Israel in order to ensure God’s favor. This is often where we struggle. There is nothing that we can add to what Christ has done for us! There is no observance of the law that will make us more holy. Likewise, there is no adherence to religious practice that will earn us God’s special favor, for we already have it all. So what are we to do? We are to keep our eyes focused on Jesus, to “walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith”. (Col 2.6b-7a) When we worship and study, when we gather in community or sit alone in devotion, God calls us to keep our eyes focused on him! As we prepare for a weekend of worship, I invite you to focus not on the activities of our faith community, but on the Savior we worship.