Verse of the Day Devotion: Colossians 2:6
“Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,” – Colossians 2:6
Paul here is encouraging the church in Colossae to live life as it is intended as followers of Christ. He specifically says, ‘as you received Christ Jesus the Lord walk in Him’. Not as you received the doctrines of God, walk in them. He is being very explicit here.
When we accepted Christ as our savior, we received the Spirit of Life in Christ. This is His spirit residing in us. We will have this Spirit in us if we are truly saved. Paul says later in a letter, “However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.” Romans 8:9 If we are saved, we do not live in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in us. If He does not dwell in us, then we are not truly Christians.
So, if we have received the Spirit of God in us, then we are saved, so we must walk in Him. To walk in Him means in this context, to conduct ourselves in the way Christ did and desires us to live. The Law does not save, but it shows us the character of God and thus how we should live. In the same faith, love and holiness He did. Now we will occasionally fail in this, but when we do, we confess it to God and turn back to the life we should live.
The proof of our salvation is the life we live as a result of it. Do we live totally committed to God, or not? Paul is telling us that Christ gave it all for us. We should desire, because of the Spirit that lives in us, to do the same for Him.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.