“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
Jesus is not a “one-time” feel good experience and then we move on. He wants to invade every area of our life. He wants us to go beyond the receiving part. As I often visit people, they can leave me standing in the door, or the entrance of their homes. Yes they have allowed me in, but not really “in”. Most people invite me to the living room, or the kitchen table (my favorite), as they open their home, their personal living space to their pastor. One person told me, “strangers come to the front door, family comes to the back, you come to the back.” I love that.
Let Jesus in deeper. Paul writes here that we are to be “Rooted” with that commitment and then “built up” in him. This is the process. We are built up and strengthened in Christ every time we choose to drawn to Him. How do I do it?
- A time of solitude, silence, and reflection to hear from God.
- Some simple prayers as I follow “Handbook to prayer” by Kenneth Boa or “Day by day” by Peter Scazzero, or the “Celtic Daily Office”. One of these are used to aid my heart and my mind on Christ.
- I breath in Him and breath out me as I pray.
- I have my journal ready to write down my thoughts, impressions, and prayers.
- I follow a guide to reading my Bible. This year I wrote my own. I focus on a book or couple books for the month, re-reading them over and over.
- I read another book to spur me on.
- I listen to Scripture when often. When I walk, carve, or drive. I use an app called “Dwell”.
- I investigate my walk, my emotions, my intentions, and my motivations for purity of heart and the glory of Christ.
Some days I do this great! Some days I struggle through, yes, I even miss a day once in a while, but these disciplines strengthen me and transform my heart to be more like Christ. They change my appetite for things of God and not of this world. My roots grow deeper, my heart more grateful, my flesh weaker, and faith stronger.
As you have been saved, live for Christ and don’t skip the very things that make living for Christ incredible and enjoyable.