Servant’s Journal 2.22.17

Rooted in Christ

 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6–7 nkjv 

 

In these words the apostle teaches us an important lesson: It is not only by faith that we first come to Christ and are united to Him but also by faith that we are to be rooted and established in our union with Christ. Faith is essential not only for the commencement but also for the progress of the spiritual life. Abiding in Jesus can only be by faith.

 

It is astonishing how such faith will work out all that is further implied in abiding in Christ. There is in the Christian life a great need for watchfulness and prayer, of self-denial, obedience, and diligence. It is faith that continually closes its eyes to the weakness of the creature and finds its joy in the sufficiency of an almighty Savior that makes the soul strong and glad. This faith follows the leading of the Spirit from page to page of the blessed Word with the one desire to take each revelation of what Jesus is and what He promises as its nourishment and its life. You will live “by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4 nkjv) in accordance with the promise, “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father” (1 John 2:24 nkjv). 

 

If you would abide in Christ, only believe. Kneel before your Lord and say to Him in childlike faith: “You are my Vine and I am your branch; I will this day abide in you.”

 

Andrew Murray, Abiding in Christ

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