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)
Do you want to be deeply rooted in me? Do you want to be built up in me? Do you want your life to overflow with joyful thanks because your faith is growing strong in me? Yes, I want to be deeply rooted and built up in you. Yes, I want my life to overflow with joyful thanks because my faith is growing strong in you. What must I do for all of these to be true? You accepted me as your Savior and Lord. You turned away from your old and sinful life in the world. You turned toward me to love and follow and serve me. Yes, I did. Keep on loving and following and serving me. Never grow weary. Never grow tired. Never give up and quit. You will go through difficult twists and turns and ups and downs in life. You will experience pain and suffering and loss. This is a sin broken life. Don’t become discouraged, depressed, or defeated. Keep your heart and life focused on me. I will sustain and strengthen you. I will revive and refresh you. I will give you a hope filled future. That I will do, my entire focus will be on you. I will rely fully on you. That will be very good.
But there is more you must also do. I’m listening. You must hold on to what you have been taught. I have brought and will continue to bring many godly followers into your life to teach and train you. Listen to them. Allow them to speak into your life. That I will do, I will hold on to what you have been teaching me through the godly men and women you have brought into my life. That will be very good.
But there is more you must also do. I’m listening. You must live daily in an intimate relationship with me. You must abide in me. You must remain in me. Do not run ahead of me. Do not lag behind me. Listen attentively to me. Meet with me daily in my word. Meet with me daily in prayer. Meet with me daily in worship. Follow me to where I lead you to do whatever I ask you. That I will do, I will live in an intimate relationship with you. I will follow and serve you. I will live my life with and for you all the days of my life. Then you will be deeply rooted and built up in me. Then your life will overflow with joyful thanks to me. Thank you, Lord. This is the desire of my heart. That will be very good.
Lord, you are my Savior and Lord. I will love, follow, and serve you. I will live in an intimate relationship with you through all the seasons of my life. I know that you will help my life to be rooted and built up in you. For that, I give you all my joyful thanks. Amen
Key Question… How are you allowing God’s word to continue to daily root you deeply in the Lord and build you up in Him?
Living It Out… Make sure that your roots are going deep, and your life built up, as you follow Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that your roots will grow deep, and life built up, as you follow Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your roots are growing deep and you built up in the Lord.
Prayer To Bless Others… May your roots grow down so you can be built up in the Lord.
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