Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Col 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
As Christians, as believers, if we are to be victorious then we must become as Paul said here, Rooted and built up in Him and stablished in the faith. The only way to be established in the faith is to be established in the Word (Romans 10:17).
In the natural, when a plant becomes rooted in the soil that's when it begins to draw life from it. When we plant a tree or a vine there is a time for the first few days or maybe the first season we have to water it and give it some plant food and brace it up, because it hasn't become rooted yet. But once that tree gets it's roots into the soil and once that tap root goes down deep it begins to gain strength to withstand dry weather and hard winds that would have up-rooted it before.
Well, that's what it takes to stand in the storms of life and the trials of this world. It takes being rooted and built up in Jesus.
As we become rooted in the Word and established in faith, as we begin to put our roots down deep in God's Word instead of every wind of doctrine or tradition of man, that's when we begin to draw life from Christ and then we are not up-rooted or offended so easily.
Let's look at verse 8 in our same chapter. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
You see, we either become established in God's Truth or we will become established in the ideas and concepts of the world or even religion.
Either we put our roots down in the Word of God and draw strength from His promises; promises like: Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness, and let that be drawn into our spirit and formed in our minds, OR we can be established in fear.
I have met Christians who are established in a disease they don't even have yet, but Grandpa had it, Dad had it, Uncle Bob had it, and they are determined they have to have it. They have become established in that belief instead of being rooted in God's Word; Words like: Jeremiah 31:29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.
You may say, "Dave, I don't get that one." Well, here is a Scripture that's alot clearer.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Romans 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
Ro 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
A new creature with a new inheritance. You can choose to be rooted and built up in that Word of God or you can be rooted and built up in the beliefs of man and go on believing for your disease to arrive.
We can abound in thanksgiving for our hiding place in Christ or we can abound in fear and false religions, worry and complaint.
Being rooted means connected. Built up means solid in Christ, bringing us closer to Christian maturity where we abound in thanksgiving instead of fear and complaint.
Paul had reached a place in Christ where he said these words: Romans 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Paul's message in our text today has to be a message that is in every Pastor's heart. Every Pastor wants to see his people grow and become strong in faith and become rooted and built up in the Word. What Paul is talking about here is going from religion to relationship, moving from always seeking a blessing to being a blessing.
Paul showed us some ways here to be abounding in thanksgiving.
1. Verse 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord so walk ye in Him. One translation says, Walk in union with Him: fellowship, prayer, worship.
2. Another way is to be rooted and built up in Him; in His Word and His teachings, not the teaching and philosophies of man or worldly teaching that doesn't agree with Christ.
3. He tells us to remember our completeness, our wholeness is in Him. And when we find our wholeness in Him, we will abound in thanksgiving.
One of the people who has had the most effect on my life was a man named Lloyd Burdette. I met him when he was 92 years old. He had fellowshiped with God so long everything he looked at reminded him of Scripture.
We met when we had a radio broadcast called "Honey In The Rock". He was a supporter of that radio broadcast.
I was having problems in my body and I didn't go to work one day.
Lloyd was in his prayer time when the Lord told him to come over and pray for me. He didn't know where I lived so he went to where I worked. They called me and said there was a man there looking for the "Honey In The Rock Guy".
I went up there and he prayed for me. I was healed right there.
I got to know Lloyd and he was always blessing God for everything in his life.
What I want to say is this: Lloyd's life had gone from the occasional thanksgiving to a life of thanksgiving.
Let's all strive for that mark.