The Seventh Sunday After Pentecost, July 28, 2019

Epistle Colossians 2:6-19

So the rhythm of the Christian life takes place along this path.  Your faith is now rooted.  To be rooted means being rooted in something, and I’m no one’s idea of a gardener but it seems really apparent that the quality and type of soil that plants are rooted in will determine how well they grow.  That’s a good metaphor for the Christian life — Jesus thought so, remember the parable of the sower?  The Lord says, “15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience” (Lk 8:15).  We must be rooted in something that aids in our growth, and that something in the life of a Christian is the good soil of God’s Word.  These roots grow down into that soil your entire life.  The roots are what you build on, so that you are “rooted and built up in him,” and this is what being established in the faith looks like — firm in commitment, strengthened against all the prevailing tides and winds of an increasingly secular culture.  The apostle warns against this: “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col 2:8–9).  The writer of Hebrews also says to his church, “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” Heb (13:9).  Rooted, built, and established in faith.  This is the rhythm of faith.  This it the walk of a Christian in Christ.

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