“As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so continue to live in him. Keep your roots deep in him and have your lives built on him. Be strong in the faith, just as you were taught, and always be thankful.” –Colossians 2:6-7, NCV
I love these two verses from Colossians because they so simply and clearly state what matters most in a Christian’s life: being rooted and growing in Christ. They also tell us how:
Continue to live in him. Paul, the author of Colossians, wants his readers to know that being saved (by receiving Christ) is only the beginning. Rather than check the block and wait for eternal life to begin “in Heaven someday,” we are blessed to be able to live that life right now. As soon as we receive Christ into our hearts, we can begin to live in Him.
Keep your roots deep in him. We live in Christ by growing in Him. Henri Nouwen said, “Think of yourself as a little seed planted in rich soil.”* In Christ, the conditions for growth are perfect. We do our part by resting comfortably in His Presence, allowing Him to nurture us, talking with Him about everything that’s on our minds, studying His Word and His world to learn more about Him each day, and by meeting regularly with others who are doing the same.
Have your lives built on him. We do this by remembering that Jesus Christ is our foundation. When everything we do is for the good of His growing Kingdom and the honor of His name, we are faithfully building on Him. Remembering this, that Christ is our foundation, will help us make wise choices about how to spend our time each day.
Be strong in the faith. As our roots grow deep and we build our lives on Christ, our faith will grow proportionately. We’ll see God’s work in and through us which will give us an ever-greater understanding of and confidence in what He is able and willing to do.
Always be thankful. Once we have Christ, we have everything we need for all eternity. Anything else He blesses us with is just gravy on the potatoes of life. Therefore, as we draw closer to Jesus, we always have something to be thankful for. Notice His faithful work and His generous gifts and express your gratitude.
Father, please help us to get these words of Yours firmly stuck on our minds through meditation and memory. May Your Spirit use them often to remind us of the one priority that matters most to our lives: living and growing in Christ. Thank You, Lord. Amen.
*In Joyful Hope, Meditations for Advent, p. 24