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Sermon #52: The Christian Life

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." - Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

This surely is the height of Christian encouragement!

Paul's exhortation is that you may continue to live in Christ, in the Christian faith. Every Christian believer faces a very high risk of abandoning the faith, due to various challenges of life. 

Many have already shipwrecked their faith. But on this day, Paul urges you to continue to live in Christ, no matter the circumstances. It means everything for one to hold on, in the manner Paul did.

Paul also wishes that you may be rooted and built up in Christ. 

If you imagine a tree without roots, you will understand what it means to be a person who is not rooted in Christ. A tree without the means to eat and drink dies; it cannot grow. So a Christian who is not rooted cannot be built up in Christ; he cannot continue to live in Him. 

The first step is to be rooted in Christ, then to be built up, with the roots playing a pivotal role in the whole process.

You should also continue to be strengthened in your faith and overflowing with thankfulness, so teaches Paul.

That's the Christian life. The above provides a checklist that you might want to make use of on a daily basis.

Praise God!