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.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
People are sometimes surprised when I say that Christian theology is basically simple to understand, and these three simple verses sum it up pretty well; it is simple to understand them, don’t you think?
We received Jesus Christ as Lord; continue to live in Him. We do this by being rooted in Him, built up in Him and if we are strengthened in the faith just as we were taught, we will overflow with thanksgiving. What should our priorities in life be? Simple, we should be in Him, rooted in Him and strengthened by Him, or to put in another way, our life’s priorities are all about Jesus Christ.
Verse eight follows with a bit of practical advice, which is to seek Christ and let go of the hollow ways and teachings of this world. It goes without saying that if we are seeking after Christ, then we are not seeking after the things of this world. If we are seeking Christ, then we will find His ways and want to follow them in our lives, rather than worrying about what everyone else is doing.
You see, none of this is complicated, in fact it is so very simple that sometimes we feel the need to complicate it− but then making the simple difficult is one of the ways of this world.
As we seek His face, as we seek His presence, as we seek His Truth, we seek after that which is good, wholesome and true. As we do this, our faith is strengthened, our walk closer and dearer, and our outlook on everything else will change forever. When that happens, we will be filled to overflowing with thanksgiving, praise and… His presence.
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Yes, being rooted in His Word, remembering what He calls us to do. . .so important. Thank you.
As always, this was a blessing. What an awesome thing it is to be in Christ! I am thankful for it every day! Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for this! I needed to read this today, I start everyday with the decision to live in Christ.
Somewhere in the day, I snigger at someone or have an angry thought and then feel ashamed.
Every night I go to bed and go over the day and think of what I did wrong and then I repent in prayer.
I hope to grow in Him to do better.
I always think of Peter trying to walk on water towards Jesus. When he kept his eyes on Jesus he could do it, when he relied on himself he panicked and fell into the water.
We must rely less on ourselves and keep our eyes on Jesus as we continue our walk. As soon as we take our eyes off Christ, like Peter, we fall,
I also want to add that we do need to flee from all forms of evil as much as we can. An example- I have almost completely taking swearing/ curse words out of my vocabulary but went to sleep before I read curse filled comments on youtube. I had terrible dreams that night,
Someone else said that we shouldn’t seek other peoples’ sins as entertainment. It matters what we watch, what we listen to and what we read.
for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?