One of the things we forget or take for granted is that we are called into fellowship with Jesus. God is not done with us when we are saved. He invites us into an intimate relationship with Jesus. That’s an ongoing thing like any other relationship. And not just on Sundays.
God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor. 1:9, NIV)
We are to live our whole lives in Jesus. We need to continue our Christian lives the same way they began: by faith. How do we do that? Simply put: we need to live in fellowship with Jesus. But Colossians 2:7 lists three things we can do to do just that.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Col. 2:6-7, NIV)
First of all, we need to grow deep roots in God and his word. Just like any tree, the deeper roots we have, the healthier and happier we are in storms.
Second of all, we need to be strengthened in our faith. Daily. We are weak but God in us is strong and empowers us to grow in our faith. Just like the trunk of a tree grows year after year, the same way our faith matures when we fellowship with Jesus.
Lastly, we need to cultivate thankfulness. Often we think this part is optional but the Bible tells us time after time to be thankful. When we give thanks and praise God, we finally flourish as we find our purpose. The more we count our blessings, the more we bloom.
Called into fellowship with Jesus
We are called into fellowship with Jesus. It’s not a harsh demand but a sweet invitation to discover the most blessed way of life. When we live in union with Jesus, we grow in faith and bring glory to God without stressing about it. Actually, it is all God from start to finish. We are just blessed trees by the river of God.
Blessed is the one
who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1-3, NIV)
When a tree is blooming, it will yield its fruit in season. And that’s what happens for us too when we just abide in Jesus. Without forcing or trying to produce them ourselves but by God’s grace. So we just need to keep on saying yes to God’s invitation and live in fellowship with Jesus, then the Holy Spirit takes care of the rest. Blessed existence, don’t you think?
Thank you for providing everything for us.
Help us to remember you want to bless us and not to curse us.
Guide us into life-giving fellowship with Jesus.
Show us how to grow deep roots, become established in faith, and be overflowing with thankfulness.
Help us to bloom and bear fruit for you in every season.
In Jesus’ name,
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim. You are loved and invited into fellowship with Jesus. Those are the elements of a happy and blessed life from here to eternity. Learn to enjoy time with Jesus. You will be surprised how much joy it’ll bring into your life. Let God love you and lead you. You won’t regret it.