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Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.” (Colossians 2:6-7, NASB)

Let’s talk about roots. Why?

Because roots matter.

In looking at this verse, it seems like it needs to be worked backwards. If one wants to overflow with thanksgiving, then faith needs to grow. For faith to grow, our lives needs to be built on Him, and for that to occur, we need roots to grow deep.

With that established, let’s look at the importance of our roots:

  1. It is the means by which water is absorbed. As our roots go deep in Him, we are promised, Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14, NASB).
  2. It is the means by which we are anchored to the ground and supported. “We who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast” (Hebrews 6:18-19, NASB).
  3. It is the storage place of food and nutrients.Your words were found and I ate them, And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart”
    (Jeremiah 15:16, NASB).
  4. It is the means by which fruit is produced. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers” (Psalm 1:3, NASB).

Root development is important for faith and gratitude to flourish in our lives.

“Paul uses thankfulness as a litmus test of Christian health.”

(New American Commentary, Volume 32, page 248).

Deep roots of faith are evidenced by gratitude
for all God has done and continues to do for us each day.


*This post has been edited and first appeared at Woman to Woman Ministries.

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