Here is a brief encouragement that comes from Paul’s letter to his friends at the church in Colossae. Paul writes; And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 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 (Col 2:6-6). I love the fact that one hand, Paul’s letters overflow with rich theology which enable us to delight in the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, on the other hand, they are grounded and practical with specific instructions for everyday life.
Now, in many ways, these two verses combine both of these elements. As readers we are reminded that our commitment to Christ Jesus didn’t end with our acceptance of him, but rather, requires us to continue in our obedience of him. Paul then borrows two metaphors. The first is from agriculture and the second from the building site. Firstly, Paul calls us to grow deep roots, just like the tree pictured in Psalm 1. Secondly, we are called to build our lives upon his firm and solid foundation. Through these actions, Paul promises an equal and opposite reaction. He writes ‘Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness’. Now of course this is a profound truth, but dare I say, in many ways blindingly obvious. A tree that doesn’t bear much fruit, often has issues with its roots. And a building that gives way because of a mid-strength breeze, often has unsubstantial foundations. Therefore, if we want to be like trees who bear fruit, in season and out of season, or if we want to be like buildings who withstand every storm, then we need to learn how to ‘dig down deep’.
Be encouraged as you press on in Jesus and learn to overflow with thankfulness.
Yours and his, Gareth