Monday, June 13, 2016

Rooted and Built Up

Colossians 2:6-7 “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

Check out this uplifting article that I came across on being rooted in Christ. The Christian walk must be “rooted” and “built up” to endure. The word picture goes back to the parable of the Sower. “Behold, a Sower went forth to sow … Some seeds fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and immediately they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away … his is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles.” – Matthew 6:3-6, 20-21

According to the Lord of the harvest, some will respond “with joy” to the gospel message, but without any root they will not last in either their joy or their Christian testimony - in time of temptation “fall away” – Luke 8:13. Just what is involved in a “root” that stabilizes and provides nourishment for the seed of the gospel in the human heart? Fervent love for God’s Word and for the work of the ministry is surely a foundational element - “being rooted and grounded in love, we may be able to comprehend … the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge” – Ephesians 3:17-19.

The root also requires being “established in the faith, ”utilizing all the counsel of God. These factors should make us to “be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord”. With good roots, we will “build up,” being affirmed in the faith, increasing in that walk with real thanksgiving. 

In Christ, Brian

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