Colossians 2:6-7 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
The Word of God never ceases to amaze me.
Matthew 5:18 “For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.”
The jot and tittle are the smallest parts of our language – the punctuation, period, comma, or semicolon. Jesus points out that even the lowest portion of our communication is essential.
So, when I read our text verse today, the word “in” jumped out at me. Paul was telling the Colossians, that as they have been born again in Jesus Christ, walk “in” Him, not “with” Him.
Walking with Him would mean that I am walking my path, and He, His. Our ways just so happen to be alongside each other. It is a choice to walk alongside someone, but, wholly another to walk “in” them.
Paul gives us insight in the next verse.
Colossians 2:7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
Rooted, built up, established, and abounding. Critical components to being IN Christ.
Rooted would intimate that I am secure in knowing who God is and who I am in Christ.
Built-up would mean that the faith I have put into practice. I stand secure in the knowledge that His promises, protection, provision, and power are available to me because He has given it in the past.
Stablished, or established would mean that others can testify of the work of God in my life. Upon one’s ordination into the ministry, it is confirmed by a visible witness of God working in that person’s life. For an everyday layperson, it would be the same witness found in their life as well.
Abounding means there is the fruit that is evident to all that you walk with God, are used of God, and are in Christ.
You and I should walk in Christ as if the very footfall I make would be the very choice Jesus would make if He were in my shoes.
Walking WITH Him, I can be distracted and stray from His side. Walking IN Him, I am seeking only that which He would do if He were me. And since We are not our own, we need to follow the instructions by our Leader and guide – the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”
Because we are given a free will, I have the opportunity to do as I would desire. But, having the knowledge that I am no longer the owner of this vessel, body, soul, and spirit, I can yield my allegiance and obedience to the One who purchased me. And, oh, what a price paid for our salvation!!!
God has promised He would always be there to lead and guide.
Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Walking IN Christ takes a focused effort. Walking IN Christ takes a humble, submissive, obedient heart that seeks not its own. So often, we are half in, half out children of God. We have a foot in both worlds.
James warns us:
James 1:6-8 “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”
Being IN Christ means I wake to seek to please God first, and not my flesh. God knows we need to care for the creature’s needs of our bodies. But, I speak more to those first waking moments.
Are we filled with gratitude for God’s continued watch-care through the night? DO we thank Him and praise Him for legs that have strength enough to bear us up out of our beds? Eyes to see the morning? Ears to hear birdsong? Praise Him for hands able to grasp, hold, hug, and work?
Then, being IN Christ, means I seek to do that which would please Him. God wants and desires to be first in our lives.
Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”
Webster’s dictionary defines it this way:
“Precedence; priority of place; superiority in rank or dignity.”
Plainly stated, God’s way should replace ours. In all ways and in all things. The sole purpose for this is for God to reveal more of His Son in and through us.
Galatians 4:19 “My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you“
Being IN Christ is about ownership. It is about who is sitting on the throne of our lives. It is about the direction we head, the career we choose, the way we parent, and the relationships we form.
It has everything to do with Who is in the lead and what that Leader wants us to do. I capitalize to emphasize that it is our Sovereign Almighty God, not ourselves, that needs to be leading.
To say that we walk with Him is one thing – and we should. But, to be IN Him, is wholly another.
Let us take the time and put forth the effort to be IN Christ today.