Colossians 2:6-7 – And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Just like we become believers in Christ through faith by grace, we must continue to follow Jesus in the same manner. Paul tells the believers in Colosse, who are being disrupted by false teaching, to take root in Jesus and dig into him. We are to build our lives on Jesus as our foundation and when we do our faith grows strong and or lives are filled with thanks to God.
The very message Paul was giving to the Church at Colosse is so applicable for today. We are absolutely saved by the grace of God through faith in the redeeming work of Jesus on the cross, step 1. We must, I must continue to follow Jesus, daily steps. In other words, accepting Jesus and being saved is not a onetime get out of hell, get into heaven card. In order to follow Jesus, I must spend time with him in his word, in prayer, as the body serving others. As we walk with Jesus and have him as our rock, our faith will become rooted in the truth of his word. Then we can begin to approach things through the lens of the Gospel. Every day in my walk, I must remember and be thankful for the Gospel for not only saving me but allowing me to grow in Jesus.
Thank you for your grace in sending Jesus to the cross to pay for my sins so I can have a relationship with you. Let me have a desire to know you more, dig into you and grow my faith.