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06/07/2008

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Walking, Growing, And Building


"So then, Just as you have recieved Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" (Col. 2:6-7).

Being a Christian is more than having a credo. It is more a guide to better living. Three terms are used in this scripture which I believe encapsulate the life of a Christian. They describe our relationship with our Lord. They are: walk, rooted (grow), and built up. Lets take a look to see how these terms relate to the complete Christian.

The scripture says that after receiving Jesus into our lives we are to "walk in Him." When we walk, motion and direction are involved. Unless we are on a treadmill, it also involves progress. The great thing about this walk is that we never walk alone. The things that we say in our lives should match our walk.

The next facet is being like a plant. (a tree would be a good example) To grow upward, a tree reaches downward with it roots for the nourishment that it needs. So it is with us as Christians. If we are to grow up toward Him we must be rooted in His Word. Strong roots help us to withstand the gales of life that may beat against us.

Then the verse says to us that we are to be "built up in Him." This building is a continuous process. We can grow a bit more each day. God has designed the blueprint and bricks and stones are added each time that we make progress in Him.

I believe these to be the steps in our Christian development. We walk forward, making progress each day. As we are rooted in His Word, we are spiritually nourished. We are strengthened by this feeding. And then the building begins to take shape. It grows upward, stone by stone. Our building indicates that we are in the likeness of Jesus. Others should see Jesus in our building.

As we look at our lives, is this what we see. Are we enjoying our walk with Him? Are we moving forward? Are we nourishing ourselves daily on His Word, thus growing in Him. Is our building what we a want it to be. Can people around us recognize it a structure built in Christ? All good questions in Paul's admonition to, "examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith" (2 Cor. 13:5).

Have a great weekend and a meaningfull worship service to our Lord on His Day...Make a difference Love mark Phil. 4:11

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