One of the hallmarks of Paul’s ministry was that he went back to those places where he had preached and established churches for the purpose of strengthening and further establishing the new believers (Acts 14:22; 15:36). In his visits and in his letters, Paul reminded the believers of what they had been taught from the beginning.
“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6–7). Pay careful attention to how Paul wanted the new Christians to walk; “rooted and built up in him and established in the faith.”
· To be “rooted” is to be firmly connected to the source of spiritual life, Jesus Christ. Jesus emphasizes this in John 15:1-11. Without this principle worked out in us, there cannot be fruit for God.
· The purpose of being “built up” is “to increase the potential of someone or something.” This point confirms what Paul was telling the Ephesians, “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,” (Ephesians 4:13).
· To be “established” is “to increase in inner strength, with the implication of greater firmness of character or attitude.” This insures believers against the wave of opposition and persecution that will come. It also builds a guard against false teaching.
As you do the work of ministry in whatever field of labor God has given you, is this the goal you have so that what you leave behind is strong in the faith of our Lord Jesus? Any other goal will detract and weaken the church and robe Christ of His glory.
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