“6As 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 KJV
We received our Lord Jesus freely and with joy! It does not matter what our circumstances were when we received, all that is important now is that we did receive. Now the instruction comes to “walk,” or we would say “Live in Him.” It is important that we see it is not just living obediently, nor just with awareness of Him. The passage says “in Him!” That is precisely the point. We do not live and move anymore independently. Oh yes, we have our free will, but we still are not by ourselves. We live in Him. He does everything we choose to do. So, we see now how imperative it is that we live in Him obediently and in joy.
Paul continues his thought with words that describe a tree – rooted, built up, established in the faith, as you have been taught. The expectation of the life lived in Him! We are to grow spiritually into trees of righteousness as prophesied in Isaiah 61:3,
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”
This type of growth has as its core the gift of God – Jesus Christ. For all who will then submit themselves to the training of the Spirit through Word, authority, circumstances, and seasons – they will find themselves firm in the faith and unmovable in Him. The winds of time nor the anxiousness of tomorrow do not move them, for they are established “in Him.”
The release through them of constant and consistent thanksgiving is evidence of their life call and placement. Those who choose to stay rooted and to learn the ways of the Spirit’s empowering will rise up in thanksgiving every time. None of this is automatic. It is dependent upon one’s choice and willingness to allow. His desire to live in us does not equal a full grown “tree.” Instead, when the willingness is there, the body will follow and learn to live in Him.
We spend too much time empathizing with our flesh likes and dislikes. We watch others and compare. None of that is profitable in Spirit. We have chosen Him. Therefore, He expects that His welcome and power will invade every avenue of our being so we are a part of His Body in ways we have not yet experienced. We live in Him.
May we take to heart this passage. Commit it to memory and begin to allow its truth to permeate our beings in Him.