Colossians 2:6–7 (NLT): 6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 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.
Faith in Jesus is more like a journey than an event. There is a day when we cross the line of faith, we put our trust in Jesus and so we receive Christ Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.
The ESV at this point says, “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him…” Before the day we put our faith in Jesus we are journeying towards faith in Jesus, but after that day we are journeying with Jesus.
The day of our salvation therefore is not the end. It’s the end of one chapter but it’s only the beginning of our journey following Jesus for the rest of our lives!
So I urge you to follow Jesus, to keep walking with Him every day, asking Him for His direction and guidance in every situation you face, looking for Him, listening to Him…
Verse 7 in the NLT urges us saying; ‘let your roots go down into Him, let your lives be built on Him’. What a lovely word picture!
A person who’s roots are firmly secured, embedded in Jesus. Roots provide stability to withstand the storms of life, they also provide nourishment for the life of tree and make leaves, fruit & flowers possible. A person who is continuously following Jesus and letting their life roots go down into Jesus will be a person who is secure and stable, a person with evident health and fruit in their lives. Who doesn’t want that?
Take some time now to think about what this could look like practically – to let your roots go down into Jesus. How can you ensure that the roots of your life are firmly in Jesus? What life rhythms will help this to be a reality for your life?