I love these verses from Colossians, as they give us a pretty clear roadmap to follow if we desire to grow in our spiritual lives. As I seek to apply these verses to my own walk, I notice that the following changes should be evident within me (they may not always be evident to other people right away, but hopefully I am aware of them within myself. And who knows? Perhaps this ongoing, inside-out transformation will become apparent to others over time):
- Salvation: I accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord.
- Increased faith and trust: Without knowing the outcome, I agree to follow His direction, even if my path looks wildly different from someone else’s. I trust the Lord for the outcome.
- Deepening relationship with the Lord: My roots go down deep in order to be nourished by and find true life in the Lord. After all, the only way a tree bears fruit is if its roots are deep and connected to a lasting water source!
- He is the Foundation: Jesus has to be at the center of my life, and all that I do should be undertaken with this consideration in mind. Truly, a house can only built where the foundation is both rock-solid and deep; anything else is shifting sand, and it’s only a matter of time until the whole structure collapses.
If I read these verses correctly, then when we focus our attention on the first half of this passage, then the second part (increased strength and depth of faith, knowledge of biblical truth, and sincere gratitude) will be the natural spiritual by-products of this journey. I’m not saying that the process is easy – it’s not! – but it is certainly well worth the effort, don’t you think?