“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”Colossians 2:6-7 NIV
Receiving Christ as Lord of your life is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow his leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith. Christ wants to guide you and help you with your daily problems. You can live for Christ by (1) committing your life and submitting your will to him (Romans 12:1-2); (2) seeking to learn from him, his life, and his teachings (Colossians 3:16); and (3) recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you (Acts 1:8; Galatians 5:22).
Paul uses the illustration of our being rooted in Christ. Just as plants draw nourishment from the soil through their roots, so we draw our life-giving strength from Christ. The more we draw our strength from him, the less we will be fooled by those who falsely claim to have life’s answers. If Christ is our strength, we will be free from human regulations. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Paul’s comparison to the plant is spot on. An excellent example that we need nourishment. Not only physical nourishment, food, but also mental nourishment. The Bible and its wisdom is an incredible source of mental stimulation.
As I ponder this scripture I wonder, my thoughts go back to Abraham. Do you remember the story of Abraham how God tested him? He had to offer his son as an offering. Can you imagine what he went through Sarah only birthed the child at the age of 90. Right at the death God presented him with a lamb. He tested Abraham obedience.
Another thing comes to mind Abraham never had the Bible as a point of reference. How then do we fail with all these tools at our disposal? We have access to the Bible and can study as much as we want.
“rooted and built up in him, overflowing with thankfulness.” These are just two captions of the scripture above. I am not Abraham bur strive to win favour from God. I spend many hours in the Word of God. That in itself does not make me perfect. I have many shortcomings one which is patients. When criticised, I don’t take the time and ponder my response. If a response is necessary? Remember what John Bevere said, in his book “Undercover,” never justify your actions, if you do you are most probably wrong. I pay heed of this scripture; I should come from a point of thankfulness, rather than defend and justify.
As the Scripture says, we received Christ, the Bible and the Holy Spirit. All we need is faith like Abraham and realize the Lord will provide. Just look what he has done for us already. The key is Faith.
“Lord. Strengthen my Faith in you. Make us rely on You wholeheartedly. Amen.”