Walk Your Talk!

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (7) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2.6-7

Paul’s words here to the Colossian believers are words addressed to a spiritually mature congregation. In essence, he is saying to them, “Live the way you know you ought to live.” In other words, “Since you have RECEIVED Christ, walk like you have RECEIVED  Christ.” That seems like such a simple statement, but, in the words of the late Paul Harvey, “We know so much better than we do.” So, how then should WE walk? Paul gives them and us some positive phrases for walking right: (1) rooted and built up in him (Christ). If our belief of salvation is planted firmly on our Savior, Jesus Christ, then our daily walk should reflect our knowledge of Him. Such knowledge is found in His Word and our examples of such behavior should be found the lives of those with who we choose to fellowship. Then Paul speaks of (2) being stablished in the faith. It is our responsibility to know what is contained in our faith. It is not enough to simply say, “I believe what my church believes. We need to KNOW what our church believes. (3) as ye have been taught – this speaks of those who are regular in the study of the Word in their fellowship of believers. Just because other believers may not see the need to be faithful and regular is no reason for us to not be faithful and regular in our attendance. Finally, he suggests (4) abounding therein with thanksgiving. Are we REALLY thankful for who we are in Christ? Are we thankful to God for the family of believers we are privileged to worship with on a regular basis? May our lives be CHARACTERIZED by a thankful spirit. That reflects a rooted and grounded faith. Just My Thoughts  …

Pastor Jerry


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