Monday, May 26, 2014

Colossians 2:6-7

Colossians 2:6-7 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the Faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

       This passage opens up by addressing those who have received Christ in their lives already. If you have not yet received Him, that is your first step. For those of you who already know Him, this passage is for you. You already received Christ, but don’t let it stop there, continue to live in Him, as it says here, “rooted and built up in Him.”
       Let’s take a look at that for a moment. What does it mean to be “rooted” in Christ? Compare it to a plant. If you plant something in the ground you want to first check the soil. You know that if the soil is hard and full of clay you will need to prepare it first. If you want your plant to do well you must make sure the soil is rich and full of nutrients. You may have to add fertilizer or manure or something like that before you put your plant in the ground.
       See, your plant takes its life from the ground. Whatever is in the ground comes through the roots and feeds the rest of the plant. If the soil is good, the plant will be also; if the soil is bad, the plant will not survive.
       As we compare this with our life in Christ we see that He is the soil. If we are rooted in Him we will receive His life in our bodies and we will thrive. Just like with the plant though, there are other elements that contribute to a healthy life. But as long as we are rooted in Jesus we know that even if our “leaves” wither away due to life’s circumstances our roots will remain strong.
Then there is faith. It is through faith that we receive all the promises of God. Our faith is strengthened through Christ. All we have is given to us through Him, so be thankful. Be sure to give thanks in all things so that you will not take for granted the blessings of God.

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