“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Some of you may know that for many years the Navigators, a campus ministry concerned with discipleship, promoted the ‘Topical Memory System’ of 60 Bible verses to memorize. This was one, which also became the title of their discipleship study course, the “2:7 Course”.
Colossians 2:6-7 really is discipleship or Christian growth in a nutshell. It is so close to Jesus’ parable of the sower, that we could cut and paste them next to one another. Certainly, those who are “like the seed sown on good soil” (Luke 8:15) are those who have persevered in their Christian growth, put their roots down into His word, strengthened as they grow in faith and full of fruit – including thankfulness.
Many people feel lots of joy when they first become Christians or they experience joy growing up in the faith. But somehow the joy often seems to fade. Although there is always enough to keep us going, we don’t give up altogether (well, many do, but if you are reading this then you probably haven’t), but we start to wonder whether that’s all there is to being a Christian. The song, “There must be more than this,” suggests it is a common experience.
Colossians 2:6-7, written to relatively new believers, is really saying, “Build on what you have. There’s more to following Jesus than a good beginning. Keep going. Take what you have learned so far and press in, put your roots down, dig into God’s word, get stronger in faith. Learn and grow. Be thankful and stay thankful. There is more to come!”
Why not even memorize Colossians 2:6-7? Let’s be the people who grow and are renewed, not “saved and stuck” (as I said last week).
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for ALL You have done for me so far. Thank You for my salvation and new life. I am not going to stop here, but grow in You. Give me a real hunger for Your word; a thirst for Your Holy Spirit’s presence; a holy restlessness to serve You more. I believe that You have only just got started on what You want to do in and through me! Start today! Take me on from here, deeper into You. I can’t wait to see what You can really do in my life as I fully put my trust in You. Amen.
Now, take a moment to list ten things on your fingers that you are thankful for!