In Christ: I Am Built Up

It is always good to be reminded of who we are in Christ, especially when we find ourselves living in a world filled with chaos and confusion.  Over the next 10 days I will be sharing the devotions from my book, “In Christ Alone”.  Each devotion is designed to help us look to Christ for our identity in the midst of a myriad of sources trying to define who we are.

Here is day twenty-three with an important reminder that in Christ you, and those around you, can be built up in faith.

I Am Built Up

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

Have you ever thought about building up your physical body?  Have you taken steps to do so?  Why or why not?  Do you wish you were in better physical shape or condition?  What would it take to get there?  Is it likely to happen overnight or simply by wishing it were so?  Are there other areas of your life that you wish you were stronger in?  How much work will you invest to improve?

I often get asked about what drew me to a focus on prayer and the writing of prayer resources.  From my perspective, the writing and ministry of prayer that I do are not all that special — they are simply the result of keeping at the work God has called me to do and allowing Him to build me up in Christ!  As you pray, ask God to help you be faithful in living out the faith that He has put within you.  Pray for the endurance to keep putting in the work that He has for you.  Pray that you would always allow Christ to do His work of building you up.  Pray that the people around you would notice Christ as you are being built up in Him.

In prayer,