I mention this today because, as Christians, sending out roots is a vital part of our spiritual maturity. The Apostle Paul puts it this way, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6. Let’s unpack this verse a bit to understand what he’s talking about. It’s important to understand that the Colossians were a group of people who had only recently accepted the teachings of Christ, as adults. This was their first set of roots. We modern day believers, for the most part, received our first set, as children, from our parents, and the church they belonged to. We learned Biblical basics, followed the rules as we were told, and our roots held us steady. Then along came the teen years and adulthood, with all its external influences, and like a gust of wind, those little roots weren’t able to control us as well.
We aren’t a corn plant that naturally stabilizes itself, it is our personal choice whether we set down the next set of roots. We, like the Colossians must decide, for ourselves, if Christ is who he, and the church, represents him to be. Is he indeed the son of the living God? Do you understand and accept his word and directives for your life as written in the Bible? Are you willing to repent of your sins, submit to his authority and live a life rooted in him? If you stop your spiritual development with only those first, dinky roots, you can easily be blown over.
In the next verses, Paul continues by saying this. “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.” Colossians 2:6-8. Don’t think that those first roots, that were handed to you as a child, will suffice. It is easy to think that merely following rules and traditions is enough, but it’s not. Paul says they may take you captive, and can be hollow and deceptive. They are not a substitute for secondary roots. Do you have them yet, or are you swaying in the wind?