“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives 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
Dear Convergence Family,
As I’ve been reading through Colossians, these verses have really been encouraging me. When I think of being deeply rooted in Christ, I think of how roots need fertile soil. I recently watched a documentary that highlighted natural, organic farming. One phrase that struck me was, “conventional farmers farm the crop, organic farmers farm the soil.” In other words, natural farmers spend time cultivating the quality of the soil instead of trying to genetically enhance the crop. There was a picture that illustrated the difference of root depth between conventional and organic farming. It wasn’t even close! The roots of natural farming went three to four times deeper than that of conventional farming. Why is this so important? Becuase the depth of the root system correlates to the quality of the fruit. How do we become more deeply rooted in Christ? How do we bear quality fruit? I believe it has to do with the condition and posture of our heart: Am I open to hearing God’s word? Am I teachable? Am I allowing His word to inform and ultimately form me?
The last part of the verse is challenging. It reminds me that as I grow deeper in Christ, I am to overflow with thankfulness. The realtiy, however, is that I don’t always feel thankful. It’s been said that this current generation of 20 and 30 somethings are the most entitled generation in history. We believe that we constantly deserve more and better. When we take in the Good News of Jesus Christ, however, we realize that everything is a gift and everything is grace because what we truly deserve apart from Christ is death. His life, death, and resurrection has been given to me as a gift that I might know of his unconditional love and receive eternal life in His Kingdom. He gave himself to us, He gave himself for us.
I want to encourage you to look at the world through the lens of the Gospel. I want to encourage you to see everything as a gift and everything as grace. May we be deeply rooted in Christ and overflowing with thankfulness.
Growing Deeper with You,