Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
Today, we’ll look specifically at v. 6. Paul summarizes all that he has been arguing up to this point. Jesus is Lord and he is the image of the invisible God, firstborn over all creation, head of the body, the mystery of God, and all wisdom and knowledge (see 1:15-2:3).
Jesus is Lord and those who are believers have received him. Therefore, as our Lord, he is the one who sets our values, our thinking, our conduct, our everything! We have to work out what it means to follow Christ and submit to his Lordship. We continually study the Scriptures to know him and his ways and follow them in our life.
Just as we received Christ, we are to walk in him. How did we receive him? By grace through faith. We are to walk each and every day of our lives by grace through faith. We depend on his grace each day to provide everything we need. Air to breath, food to eat, water to drink, strength to live, and the wisdom to decide all come as good gifts from his hand. The more we see everything as such, the more we’ll praise him for all he has blessed us with. On the other hand, if we think that we have provided for ourselves, then we’ll begin to think highly of ourselves instead. We can’t glorify Christ and ourselves at the same time.
Instead, we walk by his grace which enables us to also walk by faith. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith helps us to believe what can’t be seen. We know that God has provided for us by his grace, and faith is believing that he will continue to provide even when it seems impossible. Continue to trust in your heavenly Father’s provision in all things!
- Have you, by grace through faith, received Christ Jesus? How are you submitting to the Lordship of Christ today?
- Has your Father provided for you in the past? Are you trusting that he will continue to do so?
- Is the gracious provision of the Lord stirring your heart to worship and obedience?