It’s a new year, and a new semester and a new study to dig into. And we want to abide, we want to learn to be women who abide richly in the Lord. And not just be women who throw around the idea of abiding, but who live abiding, making our home in the heart of Christ.
As I turned my pages from John 15 to Colossians 1, and started to dig in I was so greatly and humbly reminded of my smallness compared to the vastness of Christ.
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
The study note further pointed out that Christ continually sustains His creation. Again, that Christ sustains it. Not Lindsay, or any of my grand plans, Christ alone sustains creation. And here I am, thinking I am doing well to abide in Christ because I am prioritizing my schedule and energy to put my time in the word, and my time basking in the greatness of Jesus. But after reading through Colossians and being humbled yet again by the grace of God, I realize I will never be able to abide fully in the Lord if I keep trying to be Christ. If I am trying to be the one who holds all things together. If I am so busy trying to hold it all together, trying to fill a role I wasn’t called to, I’ll never be able to actually experience what God truly wants for me and my heart.
Isn’t the Lord so gracious to us in calling us, tasking us, to abide in Him? To grow in knowing Him more deeply and allowing Him to radically change our lives? He doesn’t want me to try and sustain creation, He is already tending to creation, that isn’t my role. He doesn’t want me to spend time toiling over the best plans I could ever concoct for my life, because He already knows them. How selfish and silly really to think we can sustain anything in our lives on our own will and might. So as I grow as a woman who wants to seek to be intentional and purposeful with this life I have been given, I first want to start every day acknowledging none of it is of my own doing, none of it is about me, this isn’t my story that is being written, it is again and again all about Christ. The one who holds all things together.
I hope you’ll find rest alongside me this weekend as you remember your smallness and your place and the identity Christ has for you. Because, friends, it’s so so good. Happy Friday!