“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him,
strengthened in the faith as you were taught,
and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Our life in Christ is a journey. He is going towards a definite end and destination and is taking us with Him. It is not for us to ask Him to stop along the way to help us do what attracts us, or even what we consider to be necessary. We are to stay with Him, pausing when He pauses, moving on when He does and doing everything that He gives us to do as on His behalf.
There came a point in our life’s journey where our path intersected with His, and we responded to His call to come to Him and follow Him. Now we are called to remain with Him, all the time. Our relationship is to be so close that spiritually He is in us and we are in Him. So Paul directs us to ‘continue to live in Him’ – in this very close and personal relationship. He goes on to relate it to being ‘rooted’ in Christ.
This reminds us of Jesus parable of the Vine –with Him as the Vine and us as the branches. The only way in which we can receive the new life-giving sustenance is through Him, The only way in which we can bear abundant and Godly fruit is through the power and creativity that flows from Him. The extent of the life that flows from Him to us is dependent upon the quality of our relationship with Him – the larger the join of the branch to the vine the more that flows into it. It is from Christ that we receive our spiritual strength and deepening faith – not from ourselves or from others. He, and He alone, is “the Life” (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit comes from the Father and the Son, not without them.
What a wonderful privilege it is to have been called by Christ from darkness into light, from judgement into salvation, from separation into this glorious relationship as the sons/daughters of the Lord God Almighty. We can only be eternally and deeply thankful and grateful that we are no longer the ‘enemies of God’ but are now His ‘treasured possession’ in whom He ‘delights.’
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name;
you are mine”
Thank God – and spend a moment dwelling on these wonderful truths.
Holy Spirit, please deepen my faith and help me to appreciate the wonderful privilege of being an eternal child of God. Amen