As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him:
Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
As ye have received Christ. . .The verb received in this verse refers to something that was delivered as tradition. In other words, the Colossians believers had received Christ as their tradition, replacing their tradition of idol worship.
Having received Him, they are to continue from that point to walk in Him. One cannot complete in the flesh the things that were received in the Spirit. Walking in Him is a lifelong discipline, learning and growing with each step, each day. It is adding day by day “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you (Phil. 2:9).”
I really love the illustration Paul gives in v. 7. My mom was an amazing gardener, and while I didn’t inherit her green thumb, I did learn a lot about how things grow. The seed needs to be planted in fertile soil. It needs water, and it needs sunshine. It needs to have cultivation, removing the weeds that sap a plant’s energy and crowd out its roots.
Paul pictures a tree, with a strong root system that produces a strong, healthy growth. We are to be rooted in Jesus Christ, nourished and built up in Him through His Word. A tree that is established in a strong root system will become a strong, healthy tree that will not easily fall to wind, or to disease. If it is a fruit tree, it will abound with fruit.
That’s what we are to be–fruitful plants, rooted in Him, well-established, flourishing in the faith we’ve been taught, and we are to be all that while abounding in thanksgiving to God. Think of thanksgiving as the fertilizer for the tree. The more we are thankful, the more we will grow and be abundant in our walk with God.