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Rooted and Built Up



By Benjamin H. Liles

          Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. ~ Colossians 2:6-7


          Sometimes I wonder what all I’m truly thankful for. I have a lovely and loving wife, great parents, a good sister, and many friends who care about me. On top of that, I have relatives spread out who I love and who love me as well. But Thanksgiving is more than all that. When Paul talks about this he’s talking about giving thanks for what God has done.

          He talks about being in a union; having a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, reflecting Him and His character, walking in it (not simply talking about it), constantly and consistently growing, being well established in it. And then Paul says, “As you were taught.” Yes, we are taught the word of God, and we’re supposed to live it – towards others within [the faith] and without. Our gratitude towards God should be so intertwined with who and what we are it amazes others.

          Does your walk match your gratitude? Does it match God’s character in you? Are others thankful for who you are? For me, I’m grateful daily for the people who bless me (as well as don’t). I always do my best to take it all with a grain of salt and to show exactly what I’m grateful and thankful for. And it’s why I keep doing what I do here.