Christ Is the Anchor

Dan Unekis

READ : Colossians 2:1-12

Continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him. (vv. 6-7 NIV)

At age 11, I never would have guessed how much 6th grade life science would help me understand the Bible. I remember our teacher explaining how complex, necessary, and multifunctional the root system of a tree is. Not only is it the means through which the tree is fed but it also serves as an anchor for the otherwise unstable tree.

As Paul continues to exhort and encourage his brothers and sisters in the church of Colossae, he turns to this image of rootedness in Christ. After previously explaining that Christ is the head of the body, he now focuses on him as the anchor of our faith. The importance of having our faith rooted in something substantial is shown in the next verse. According to Paul, some of the Christians in Colossae were being taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy” (v. 8). Paul seems to be drawing off what Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus implores us to be like “a wise man who builds his house upon the rock.” If our foundation is sure, we will not topple when we are hit by storms, including the storm of “hollow and deceptive philosophy.”

Christ is the only sure anchor of our faith and the most substantial way we can be fed. If we continue to seek rootedness in Christ, we will not be torn off that foundation.

PRAYER

Jesus, help us root ourselves in you. Amen.