Intro to Colossians
Colossians 3

Colossians 2

 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Having received Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior Paul tells his audience that they are not done but just getting started.  Believing the good news and receiving the Giver of life they are now to live in Him.  He goes on to say what living in Him means…be deeply rooted in Christ, being built up in Him and strengthened in the faith that they were taught.  The believer's life must also be characterized by thankfulness. 

Live in Him:  To take the Good News in faith that it is true.  We are now children of God, adopted into His family through His Son Jesus.  This new found status requires a change in the way we live - no longer are we living according to our old way of life and it's rules, we now live by the standard of those who are God's children. 

Rooted and built up in Him:  The best way I know how to be rooted in God is by taking time to read, study and ruminate on His Word and then allowing the revelation in there to transform our lives.  We are built up as we read, study, and put into practice God's Word.

Overflowing with Thankfulness:  The life of a child of God should be characterized by thankfulness.  Thankful because of the amazing gift of grace we have received.  We were saved from death to life and not this life, complete with its hardships is a journey of joy because we are now children of God.  

Lord help my life to be characterized by thankfulness - in this life we may have hard times but I rejoice because you have overcome the world.  You have given me life and love completely undeserved.  Thank you so much.  May people see a difference in me because I live thankfulness.  And Father thank you for your Word that gives me roots so that I can be built up and transformed into your image and likeness.  May I use that gift prudently.


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