“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)
Do we remember how we felt when we first accepted Jesus into our hearts? Paul tells the Colossians and us how to become rooted, built up, and strengthened in our faith.
“. . . continue to live in him . . .” When we ask Jesus into our hearts, we intend to have that relationship forever. Following Jesus is not something we do part-time. He went to the cross in order for us to become acceptable for entry into heaven.
“. . . strengthened in the faith . . .” We learn as we read His Word. God gives us instructions about how to live, giving us power to overcome the trials and circumstances the world throws at us.
“ . . overflowing with thankfulness. . .” As children of God, we should be giving thanks to Him each time we pray, every time we see a sunrise or sunset, and each time we hear of a miracle.
I have heard it said that “If we do not grow in our faith (move forward), we stagnate in it and then regress (go backwards). Given the tenor of the times, I believe it’s safe to say that no Christian would want to not grow in faith. With all the Bible studies, devotional books, and translations of God’s Word, we have advantages over the Colossian believers to facilitate our growth in the faith.