Rooted and Built Up

Colossians 2:6-7 (WEBBE): 6As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in him, 7rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.

If I had to choose one passage from the Bible that describes what I want my life to be like, Colossians 2:6-7 (above) would be it. These two short verses capture so much of the life that Jesus wants us to have here and now. Read it again, slowly. Think about each word, what it really means.

Today I want to look in more detail at the “rooted and built up in Him” part. Consider for a moment what a fruit tree looks like. Maybe search for a picture of the tree that carries your favourite fruit.

When a seed germinates, the very first thing to appear is the embryonic root of the plant. So what is the purpose of the roots of the tree? Biologists will surely tell you that there is more to roots, but the major functions are absorbing water and nutrients, and anchoring the plant in place. A tree with a well developed root structure will not be blown over by mere wind. Lets see what some of the winds are that we should be able to weather as mature believers in Jesus.

Ephesians 4:14 (WEBBE): 14that we may no longer be children, tossed back and forth and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error;

The roots of the tree must be in proportion to the trunk and branches and leaves and fruit. A root system that is too small would not be able to anchor the tree or provide enough nutrients. So as the parts of the tree above ground grows, the roots also keep on growing into the ground.

The same should be true for us. We should continue to grow up into Christ, so that we are ever more anchored in Him. And so that we get all the spiritual nutrients that we need from Him.

Ephesians 4:15 (WEBBE): 15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him who is the head, Christ,

John 15:4-5 (WEBBE): 4Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can’t bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. 5I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Note that we are rooted in Jesus, not somewhere in the general vicinity of Him. This implies a very intimate relationship. We should constantly spend time with God, taking our relationship with Him ever deeper. The deeper our roots grow, the more fruit we can carry. And the more we can change the world!