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A Season of Revitalization

MONDAY
Pastor Margo on Revitalization

Colossians 2:6-7 (The Message)
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.

This week I‘ll be exploring revitalization, both individual and corporate. Revitalization is the act of injecting new life and energy into people and into their activities. What does it mean to excited, empowered, motivated both as people and as God’s people? The Bible offers a repeating record of people corporately being revitalized by the Living God, only to slowly (or quickly!) “lose steam” or go their own way.

Paul is writing to the young Christian community in Colossae, a town known for its mercantile trade and a rich collision of religious influences, including Jewish, Gnostic and pagan beliefs. One group worshiped an angel! Paul cautions the community to remain “deeply rooted” in Christ, to have Christ as their foundation, to recall Christ’s teachings. They don’t need to add anything else to what they’ve been given by Christ. Why would they worship an angel when everything, including angels, “got started by [Christ] and finds its purpose in him” (1:15)? They have what they need to move forward. What is stopping them from “living Christ”?

Colossae could be today’s Montclair-area with its rich collision of beliefs. Pauls words continue to caution us. How do we at Grace Church get distracted by what others believe or how they worship? Do we put off “living Christ?” The vitality we receive from our Living God is precious fuel for the mission we’ve been given in the Montclair-area. We are engaged with other churches in Newark Presbytery in seeking renewal, revitalization, revival. We must not “lose steam,” get distracted by our crazy culture, or keep studying a subject we should be living.

Today’s Meditation: Where do you feel vitality in your personal life? In our Grace Church life?