6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
In a short track race the way you start really matters. Its over in seconds and if you miss the start, stumble, or fall, the race will finish without you. Fortunately the Christian life is not that way!
The Christian life is not run in seconds. Its a lifetime and none of us start our life of faith with Jesus perfectly. In fact, we may begin with a limp, with the odds stacked against us, and as seemingly unlikely candidates for the family of God.
Paul’s vision of the Christian life is one in which we are living in Jesus’ grace by faith and for the long-haul. It begins with the work of God through the Gospel of Jesus and has a simple confession: Jesus Christ is Lord. But, it also has a vision of discipleship that might go like this:
“I’m so thankful! I have received a gift — Jesus Himself; Christ Jesus the Lord is the gift. He has firmly rooted me in His family; its done! Now there’s a lifetime of knowing Him available to me. I want to walk with Him daily and trust He will build me up with His church, establishing us in the faith so we are able to make Him known and enjoy God.”