The key word is “continue”

Let me share something for you to soak in a little bit.  I have been letting this verse penetrate my life today.

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him,” – Colossians 2:6

There isn’t much in life that is better when it is stagnant.  Think about the last time you saw a pond without aeration in it.  If the water is not moving, it gets gross and things die.  No one looks at it and considers jumping in it or drinking it.

We talk a lot about keeping things fresh because things that are fresh smell better and are more inviting.  In our home we like to clean and do laundry because the home is a better place to live in when things are fresh. Fresh fruit is more delicious than fruit that has been sitting on the counter for a few months.   We continue to keep things moving so that they stay fresh.

Plate of monkey

Plate of  cold monkey…yum? Well, it is not roast beef

I went to a ‘restaurant’ while I was in Gabon.  It was a woman’s home, so the term restaurant is used loosely.  She had a table with one fluorescent light in the room with plastic chairs.  What was unique, besides the menu, was their willingness to eat food that has been sitting at room temperature for a while.  We like chicken to be hot out of the oven.  They are fine with it being a little colder. It does make us nervous when we eat things that have been sitting out getting stale.    We continue to heat items so that they are at a safe temperature to eat.

When it comes to faith in Christ I think that we are more inviting to others when we are ‘continuing’ to live in him.  When our goal in life is not to say a prayer but to live a life that is running to Jesus Christ.  We should not be sitting around getting stale.  We should be uncovering the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ and letting Him be the joy we share with the world.

One way to remove the stagnation of water is to breathe some life into it.  It is the same for us.  The Lord is the living water and He will fill you, if you ask.  It might be time to get moving again.  You need it and those who come in contact with you do also.  We continue to live in him.  The key word is continue.

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