Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Paul’s encouragement and exhortation to the church in Colossae (and indirectly to me) in the verses above is to essentially “keep on keeping on”. If I had to paraphrase the two verses above I might say, just as we originally received the gospel of Jesus Christ by faith, we are to continue walking by faith in light of that gospel.
And in order to effectively continue walking by faith in light of the gospel of Jesus, I picked up on the following highlights:
We are to be rooted – this past weekend, while the weather was still nice, I did some yard work. One of the things I had to do was to remove some shrubs. The problem was, they have been growing in the same place for so long that their roots were deeply anchored in the soil. Despite my best efforts to rip them out and move them, they wouldn’t budge. The same is to be the case for us as believers. By God’s grace, our roots should be firmly anchored in Christ through faith. It is through those roots that we are nourished and are able to abide in Him.
We are to be built up – we are not just to abide and remain static and unchanged. By the power of the Holy Spirit and the regular study of God’s word, we are to continually grow in our knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the things of God. We are to continually preach the gospel to ourselves and we are to mature in Christ. We are to serve His church for His glory and our joy.
We are to be established – as we study God’s word, as we enjoy regular fellowship with God’s people, as we serve His church, as we walk faithfully in light of the calling that God has placed on our lives, and as we learn to enjoy God’s presence in the midst of our trials, our faith is strengthened.
We are to be thankful – in response to all of this, we are to abound in thanksgiving. This thanksgiving manifests items in heartfelt gratitude toward our Lord and Savior and the offering of our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to Him. It also manifests itself in the serving of the common good as we freely share and demonstrate Christ’s love to those around us.
I am encouraged by these verses to let my roots sink deeper and deeper into the sure foundation that is Jesus Christ. I am excited that I have a pastor who so faithfully teaches the Word and that I have the opportunity to gather with a group of faithful men every Wednesday night to study and grow in God’s word. And I am exceedingly thankful for God’s love which He has so graciously lavished upon me. For His glory alone.