“Rooted & Built Up – You can do this!”

Colossians 2:6 “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (ESV).

When volunteering to write a devotional piece for this article, I had no idea what to write. So I prayed and prayed. Then to my spirit, God spoke to me about writing about my current status in life. Well, in spaceship terms, “Systems failing!” Thankfully, my parents never taught or mislead me to think that the Christian life is something easy and living out God’s call is easy. The truth is, when we live in faith we truly don’t know what is going to happen but we trust God that in all things they will work together for good. That is why I love living out Colossians 2:6.

I am a visionary, leader, and ministry builder.  These three gifts God has used to extents where I wonder why I haven’t burnt out, lost control, and left everything at a burning stake. Truth is, I know why. It is because I am rooted and built up in a foundational relationship with Jesus Christ. Too many of us try taking steps of faith without truly being in that foundation-grappled relationship with Jesus. Being rooted is to draw your spirit-filled energy as a plant draws its water. Being built up is to lay a foundation that cannot be broken and that foundation is God’s Word (Matthew 7:24). In my life God has given me visions and dreams that scare me enough to do them. However, that is not the statement a lot of people have, mostly it is not to pursue the visions and dreams. Even though my life is extremely rough, I believe in Jesus Christ and I know He will see me through. The beautiful piece of this verse is, “abounding in thanksgiving” which is to live in plentiful, never-ending, joyful praise to Father God because He is welcoming and allowing us to abide in Him and walk beside Him, to further the Kingdom.

I encourage you to meditate on this verse and take a deep look into your life and do a systems check to know if you are rooted and built up in Him. So when God calls you to do the most faith-based actions, you can step out of the boat and know you’ll walk on water knowing the Word is in you and your strength comes from Abba Father.

by Aaron J. Smith


Want more from Aaron? Check out: “Sexual Sin and the Face of the Creator” from Season 1 of the Waging War video series. This intense message is an evaluation of what it means to behold the face of the Creator.