As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
—Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV
Yesterday we looked at Colossians 2:6. Our Christian life is one born of faith in the righteousness Christ has earned for us and not born of our need to prove to God that we are worthy. The faith with which we received Christ and the faith with which we walk in His grace is His faith. And the work of His faith within us is His work and not ours.
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, KJV).
We don’t live our Christian walk by our faith. We live our Christian lives by the faith of our Savior within us. It is His faith and not ours.
God has given to every believer the same measure of faith (Romans 12:3). But we need to become rooted and built up in the faith we have been given. Paul compared our spiritual growth in faith to a tree. A lot of growth must take place before the tree is firmly rooted and able to withstand what comes against it. In the same way, Christians who don’t grow remain vulnerable. Paul was writing to the Colossians encouraging them to grow stronger so that their faith would be secure.
Colossians 2:7 says that one way our faith can thrive is with thanksgiving. No one has a strong faith who isn’t thankful. Just as faith without works is dead (James 2:17, 20), so faith without praising God has little life. Praising God is powerful! It magnifies God and not us (Psalms 69:30). The faith He has given us is about Him and not about us.
Faith without praise is incomplete. It is impossible not to be thankful to God when we see the answers to our prayers. Those who try to believe God and don’t praise God for His promise before they receive it have a low level of faith. But when we praise God in faith for what we haven’t yet received, faith abounds and reaches its highest level.
Knowing who we are in Christ reveals what we have received in the gift of His life for ours. Let’s become rooted and strong in the faith God has given us. When we humble ourselves and magnify Him, we are free of the need to prove who we are in Christ. It is Him within us who lives. We exercise faith and live by His strength instead of our own. We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
And by His faith, we are able to believe what is not yet seen.
© 2021 Lynn Lacher