Mid Week Meditation pt. 41Submitted on: March 15, 2018
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, bounding therein with thanksgiving.” ( Colossians 2:6-7)
Paul lets us know immediately that he is talking to folk who have confessed Christ as their Lord and Savior. Paul is trying to charge up some new Christians in Colossae with a rallying cry pointing the waytoward Christian maturity. Paul wants the Colossians and us to stop resting on conversion and start developing some conviction. In other words, mature to the point we show some sincerity and some passion for the cause of Christ.
The fact is though conversion is good, conviction is better. Conviction represents a more complete possession of our Savior. Conviction means we live in constant contact with Christ. Paul says, if you have received Christ, you’ve got to “walk in Him.” There is nothing hidden in this challenge! There is no deeply hidden theological mystery. He says we have received Christ, so “walk ye in Him!”
That, of course, begs the question, what does it mean to “walk” in Christ? For one thing it clearly warns us that we cannot substitute words for works. In other words there is more to our claim to be a child of God. He is looking for doers not for folk who just “sit in Him.” If we are going to talk the talk, we must also walk the walk.
Warning! There are plenty of paths to take, and some are well worn by previous travelers, but that does not make them the right path to take. Jesus said, ‘Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” But Jesus also said, ‘Small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it’. (Mathew 7:13-14)
We love to sing, “When we all get to heaven”, but it’s not just about the destination; it’s about the direction. Once we are converted, every precious step we take with Christ is one of revelation and fulfillment. Our salvation is not put on hold until death. It is put into high gear for a miraculous journey. Ephesians 5:2 says we ‘walk in love’. 1 John 1:7 says we ‘walk in light’. 3 John 4 says we ‘walk in truth’. In other words, our relationship with Christ is all about lifestyle. In order to choose the correct lifestyle, our heart has to do the walking.
Careful! Now that we are on the move with Christ, Paul says we have to be grounded in Christ. What Paul is saying here in our text is that we who “have received the Lord Jesus Christ” should want to grow in Christ. Unfortunately the reason so many Christians fall away from the church soon after their conversion is that they don’t take the time to become part of the body of Christ. They are like a bunch of cut flowers; beautiful to look at, but unable to sustain any spiritual life because they are cut off from the root, which is the body of Christ. If we want to make progress in our Christian journey, our faith is only as good as our roots. Our roots represent our faith foundation. Our established faith foundation represents what we believe. Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of our foundation. If we begin with Christ, everystep wetake will be grounded in Christ.
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