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.
Yesterday we looked at v. 6, today we’ll focus our attention on v. 7. Paul provides more explanation on how we are to walk in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. He uses four participles:
- Rooted in him– a farming/gardening metaphor. In 1:10, Paul prayed that the Colossians would walk in a manner worthy of the Lord bearing fruit. Here, the farming metaphor continues. We cannot “bear fruit” if we are not properly rooted, and we can only be rooted “in Him.” Therefore, without Christ we cannot bear fruit. Jesus said, “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit, he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit…abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me” (John 15:2,4).
- Built-up in him– a construction metaphor. Any building must have a strong foundation or else the building will collapse. Our foundation is Christ we are to build everything upon him. See 1 Cor 3:10-14.
- Established in the faith– by being rooted and built up in Christ, we will be established in the faith. “Established” communicates an idea of being firm or solidly grounded. By taking root in Christ, our faith continues to grow. This process will continue the rest of our lives. We are established by faith and not by our works.
- Abounding in thanksgiving– How could we not be thankful for all the Lord has done for us? We’ve been blessed beyond measure by being taken out of darkness and into his marvelous light! He graciously provides all that we need!
- Are you bearing fruit in your Christian life? If not, is it because you are not rooted in Christ, either as an unbeliever or a disobedient believer?
- Do you abound in thanksgiving? Do those around you or those you come in contact with view you as a person abounding in thanksgiving or a complainer?