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. Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT)
I never noticed it before. Continue. Do you see it?
Accepting Jesus is not a single event. Faith requires following—continuous following. To continue, we simultaneously grow roots and build lives. This continuing develops strong faith and results in overflowing thankfulness.
A healthy tree has a root system that provides stability, gathers water and nutrients, and stores food. We can’t see its roots but we know from a tree’s appearance if the roots are strong. So it is with our life in Christ.
Growing roots in Him and building a life on Him are equally important. His Truth is the nutrition our roots gather, process, store, and distribute as needed. These roots stabilize our lives. With this Truth-packed sustenance we build healthy, flourishing lives on Him.
From a practical viewpoint, this looks like Bible reading, prayer, and application. Jesus said anyone who hears His words and puts them into practice is wisely building on firm ground (Mt 7:24).
Then… Then you will grow strong faith and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Faith grows strong through continual growth and practice. (tweet this)
We must continue to follow because when we apply Jesus’ teachings, we experience positive outcomes—restored relationships, compassion for all God’s children, freedom from anxiety and shame, and joy in being fully human.
Thankfulness overflows as we experience God’s Truth in action. (tweet this)
Let’s give thanks in the comments:
When have you seen God’s Truth in action?