Friday, September 25, 2015

Colossians 2:6-7

Colossians 2:6-7
Therefore, as you received the Lord Jesus Christ, walk in Him having been firmly rooted and while being built up in Him and while being increased in strength by faith just as you all were taught and while having an abundance in thanksgiving.

Thoughts for Today

First Thought:

Walking in the Lord is an important concept in the book of Colossians.  Paul refers to this idea in this verse as well and in Colossians 1:10, Colossians 1:10, Colossians 3:7, Colossians 1:10, and Colossians 4:5.  This word can mean many things.  On the simplest level, this would is a synonym for behave.  Paul is telling us to behave as Christ would desire us to behave.  But this word goes deeper than this. This word can also mean “walk around.”  In other words, this word means “a pattern of life.”  Paul is telling us to live our life as though we had a pattern modeled in Christ.  So this word is not just our present actions but also the patterns of our life.  Paul is telling us to have Christ-like rhythms and routines.

Are your routines Christ-like?  Do you have a Christ-centered life?  Are your moment to moment behaviors things that resemble how Christ lived?

Second Thought:

Paul also speaks about being firmly rooted and being built up in Him.  What Paul means by this is essentially the discipleship process.  Everyone in the faith has had some kind of mentor who has shown them the ropes.  Everyone who knows Christ has been taught about Christ.  We are rooted in the story of Christ because He taught disciples who taught disciples who taught disciples who eventually taught us!  Paul’s point is that we can arrive at a godly rhythm when we are discipled and mentored in Christ.

How are you build up in Christ?  When were you rooted in Him?

Third Thought:

Of course, all of this is based upon faith.  We are strengthened by faith.  Remember that this word faith can also mean faithfulness.  God gives us His faith and this builds us up.  But we also hear the story of Christ’s faithfulness and are built up by His example.  Faith is our core.  It sustains us.

What role does faith play in your life?  How does that faith get into you?

Passage for Tomorrow: Colossians 2:8-10
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