Rooted & Built Up in Christ

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7 (NKJV)

Have you ever attempted to pull something up out of the ground with deep roots — perhaps a weed, plant, or a tree? Suffice it to say it can be very difficult to do, as the roots will run both, vertically down, and even laterally in an attempt to help support and bring stability to their lives.  This is exactly why we are exhorted in scripture, to be rooted in Christ and established in the faith (Col. 2:6-7).

Being rooted refers to the eternal planting that occurred when we were saved in Jesus.  Since we have been rooted (or saved) in Christ, we don’t have to be looking for something else in addition, such as some manmade philosophy, religious activity or work—being firmly rooted is accepting Jesus as God, and acknowledging that He alone is sufficient for salvation and for everything we need (cf. 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Cor. 12:9; Eph. 1:3; Heb. 10:14).  

Once we have been rooted in Christ, we must now be built up in Him. Being built up indicates a continuous action—in this case it is our ongoing process of becoming more like Christ. We will become more like Jesus as we choose to have an abiding relationship with Him (John 15:1-14).

Q: So the question is, how can we practically be built up and established in our Christian faith, and become more like Jesus?

By knowing the Word of God, and by obeying it. We can see this clearly in Acts 20:32.

So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32 (NKJV)

We must never underestimate the power of God’s Word, and the effect that it will have on our lives. Romans 1:17 tells us it is the power of God unto Salvation for those who believe. And Psalms 1:2-3 tells us we will be blessed if we delight in, and meditate upon God’s Word—we will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season; we will not wither, and we will prosper.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 20:32, what can God’s word do in our lives if we commit to reading and applying it?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you making time to prayerfully read and meditate upon God’s Word each day?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Continue to prayerfully read and study God’s Word daily so you can be built up and sanctified in Him. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, I thank You for Your Word, and for helping me to be sanctified and built up by it. Help me to understand and apply it to my life today.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott



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