AS I SAW IT – COL. 2:6-7

Copyright Joel Helenbolt

When you look at the drawing in my last post, you might wonder what it has to do with Colossians 2:6-7. A dead tree with something coming out of it, by a lake in a forest, with a partly cloudy sky? What does that have to do with following Christ? Let me tell you.

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow Him. Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”       -Colossians 2:6-7

I actually came up with a lot of ideas of how I wanted to draw this verse, and I’m not talented enough to draw some of my ideas, but they all involved a tree interacting with water, to coincide with verse 7, telling us to let our “roots grow down into Him,” and promising us that if we allow that to happen, we will “overflow with thankfulness.”

Notice the spring emerging from the center of the tree, and this one spring creating a lake thousands of times greater than that spring. This is to show the unimaginable blessings of Christ. He has the ability to bless us, and satisfy us, to levels we’ve never imagined – He is able to create a lake out of the tiny spring overflowing from our lives. But first we must die to sin, as this tree appears to be dead, and live in Christ, as stated in Romans 6:11 (as well as many other places):

“So you also should consider yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.”

The overarching theme of this drawing is as a Christian, you must be all in, letting your “roots grow down into Him,” and once you do that, He can create a spring of blessings through you, using you in ways you’d never imagined. (I, for example, never thought I’d be a writer!) You may be seen as a worthless, dead stump to the rest of the world, yet through your death can come new life, and the blessings of living faithfully.

But take note – Christianity doesn’t have a wading pool. You can’t be half in, continuing to live as you please as long as you go to church on Sunday and pray every so often. Christianity is a cliff jump. You’re either all in,despite the unseen in the water below you, or you’re sitting at the top of the cliff, afraid to take the risk of losing yourself in the plunge.