Paul wanted the Colossians to continue to live for Christ after they accepted him as their savior. He knew the key was for them to keep growing in their faith. For this to happen, they had to be rooted in the Word of God and established in their faith so that they could endure what was ahead. We need to keep growing as well.
So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, being rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude.
Grow Closer to Jesus
We should never stop growing as Christians. Our lives should go deeper in our knowledge of Christ and grow closer to him. It is both an upward and downward work. If you imagine a tree, it is continuously growing towards the sun and sending its roots deeper into the ground. Both serve a purpose in the health of the tree.
Reach upward towards Christ. We want to get closer to him so that we can live in him. This happens when we pray. Our communication with the Lord is essential to our life in him. We need to talk to him on a daily basis. We also need to trust him. He has our best interests in his heart and leads us on the best path. Just a tree grows upwards we want to stretch towards the life-giving Son.
Next, we need to establish a healthy root system. This happens as we draw from the water of the word. The Bible is our daily food. It’s where we go for instruction and wisdom for daily life. Neglecting it starves our soul and recedes our growth. The more we put into our heart, the deeper our roots go. That may not seem significant, but the next time a storm blows through your life you will be thankful for a deep root system.
Finally, we need to be filled with gratitude. Be thankful for what Christ has done for you. When was the last time you wrote down all the blessings God has bestowed upon you? Start your day by thanking him for all that he has done for you. It will infuse your day with the right attitude and protect you from the negativity.