So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and builtup in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
People are sometimes surprised when I say that Christian theology is basically simple to understand, and these three simple verses sum it up pretty well; it is simple to understand them, don’t you think?
We received Jesus Christ as Lord; continue to live in Him. We do this by being rooted in Him, built up in Him and if we are strengthened in the faith just as we were taught, we will overflow with thanksgiving. What should our priorities in life be? Simple, we should be in Him, rooted in Him and strengthened by Him, or to put in another way, our life’s priorities are all about Jesus Christ.
Verse eight follows with a bit of practical advice, which is to seek Christ and let go of the hollow ways and teachings of this world. It goes without saying that if we are seeking after Christ, then we are not seeking after the things of this world. If we are seeking Christ, then we will find His ways and want to follow them in our lives, rather than worrying about what everyone else is doing.
You see, none of this is complicated; in fact it is so very simple that sometimes we feel the need to complicate it; but then, making the simple difficult is one of the ways of this world…
As we seek His face, as we seek His presence, as we seek His Truth, we seek after that which is good, wholesome and true. As we do this, our faith is strengthened, our walk closer and more dear, and our outlook on everything else will change forever. When that happens, we will be filled to overflowing with thanksgiving, praise and… His presence.