My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:6-7)
Go ahead with what you've been given. How many times do we think we have to wait for 'more'? We have been given a measure and we somehow think that we cannot do anything with what we have been given - there must be 'more' in order for us to 'do' something. The truth of the matter is that we are already well-equipped for exactly what we need to be doing right now - we just need to use what we have been given!
We received Christ - that is a done deal. We are deeply rooted in him - another done deal. Can roots grow deeper? Absolutely, but the tree doesn't just go dormant after it sets down roots - it keeps growing, sometimes quite slowly and at others quite exuberantly. Roots grow over time as the pressures demand a greater 'anchorage' and the nourishment craved is sought with tenacious expansion. Christ is resident in each of us - now it is time to 'work with what we have been given'.
We are well-constructed - all because that construction process began with a firm foundation - Christ! Now, is all the construction finished? Are there finishing touches needed? Does the 'construction' need a little interior redesign? Yes! The foundation is secure - the building is framed out - now build upon what you have received. This is a call to action - to not just 'dwell'. We are to be exploring the expanse of our faith - allowing it to be built upon, expanding as it is.
School's out - that is a pretty direct statement, isn't it? Time to get 'busy' with what you and I have already learned - using it in our lives and sharing with the lives of those we touch each and every day. Living is to 'spill over' - we are to make an impact with what we have been given. Can I make that any clearer to us? Stop thinking we cannot move until we get that 'more' there must be somewhere down the line. Live as we have been called to live and let God do the rest of his work as we do! Just sayin!