So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7 NIV)
I’m back from my sick-break, and I think it’s confession time. Sometimes, Paul says things that sound really good, but I’m not sure exactly what they mean. Take verses six and seven. I get the concepts, but how do these things play out in the real life of a Jesus Follower? How do I keep that from becoming just high-sounding Christian-ese?
Well, since I’m still feeling a little puny, I think I’ll give you the first shot this week and ask you some questions:
What does it mean, in practical ways to “live in Him”?
How do you develop strong roots in Him? How does “the faith you were taught” play into that? What does it take in addition to just acquiring Bible knowledge?
Do you have as much trouble as I do “overflowing with thankfulness”? How do you manage to be mega-thankful when things aren’t going well?
Okay, pick your favorite questions and go for it. And since I did a whole sermon Sunday on verse 8, feel free to bring that into the discussion as well. (The message is online at www.spoutspringschurch.com/teach.htm.)