Confirmation, Not Completion
“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.” – Col 2:7 NLT
This past Sunday was Confirmation Sunday at Family of Christ. 8 eighth graders sat up by the altar and answered questions about God and the Bible, demonstrating what they had learned over the last 3 years of confirmation classes. They did great and all were confirmed. In fact, the verse above was the confirmation verse for one of the kids. What a beautiful description of what confirmation is all about.
So, what now?
Great question. I’m glad you asked.
While I’m sure the kids are excited to have completed confirmation, this isn’t the end. It isn’t the end of the life of faith. It isn’t the end of studying and learning about God. That’s why we have high school youth group and why during confirmation we encourage the kids to develop a lifestyle of daily prayer and Bible reading.
Eventually, there will college and jobs and probably marriage, having families, retirement, and so on. Through all of this the life of prayer, Bible study, worship, and Christian fellowship continues. We don’t ever reach completion because we always have more to learn and more to grow. Most importantly, we always need to hear the wonderful promises of Jesus, promises of forgiveness, grace, hope, rest, and life.
All of us are on that spectrum of life. For all of us, too, we continue our life of faith. Sometimes it can be tempting to say, “I already went through confirmation. I’m done.” God would remind us, though, that we aren’t done. He’s not finished with us. He still wants to talk with us, teach us, transform us, love us, and help us to love others. He wants our roots to grow even deeper, our lives to be built even more on Him. He wants our faith to grow strong in the truth we continue to be taught that we might overflow with thankfulness.