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One Thing We Must Do In Order to Live a Strong Christian Life

March 05, 2015
By Rev. Rick Calloway

“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” -Colossians 2:7

I can honestly say that I have never had a “green thumb” when it comes to growing things. I have never had the best looking yard. I once had a professional look at my grass and give me his honest evaluation of why my grass struggles to stay alive. He told me that I have never established a good root system with my grass. I have always planted at the wrong time and thus the root system was not adequate to survive the harsh weather conditions that come.

Similarly, that same problem exists many times in our lives as Christians. We have not established our lives to be rooted and grounded in the person of Jesus Christ. I look back and remember my teenage years and how I chased after all that the world had to offer. I was chasing so many things that I had made my gods. I was living the reality of Jeremiah 2:25.

Jeremiah 2:25 declares: “When will you stop running? When will you stop panting after other gods? But you say, ‘Save your breath. I’m in love with these foreign gods, and I can’t stop loving them now!” During those years, I was running from God but I also loved chasing after all those things that at the time I did not realize could not satisfy me. Finally, I came to end of myself and realized all those things could not bring peace and joy to my soul.

It was then that I began to invest in my relationship with the Lord Jesus and allow Him to become my Lord. I planted my roots deep in Him and in His Word. I began to build my life upon Him as Colossians 2:7 says above. I saw the truth of growing strong in His Word become a reality in my life.

However, I do not want you to miss the result in Colossians 2:7 of establishing a root system in the person of Jesus Christ and building our lives upon Him. The reason I do not want you to miss it is because that result has been the greatest blessing of my life. The result I am referring to is the phrase at the end of the verse which says that “you will overflow with thankfulness.”

I am so thankful for all that God has done in my life since I made the decision to build my life upon His. I am grateful for the family He has given me and for the calling He has on my life to serve here at Metrolina. More than anything, I am grateful to Him for the peace, joy, contentment, and purpose He has given me for my life. I have by no means arrived to be all that I am supposed to be but I am grateful that He continues to work in me daily.

I have learned from Colossians 2:7 over the years that in order for us to live a strong Christian life we “must build our lives on Him.”  I pray that the truth of Colossians 2:7 will be a blessing to you as work to grow in your relationship with the Lord.