As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
When a person is “rooted and built up” in Christ, they are secure even when persecution and challenges come their way. Although the pain of hardship is felt and grieved, they see beyond their current circumstances to a God who is strong, loving, and good. Despite the rollercoaster of betrayal by his brothers, and later, by a spiteful woman, Joseph looked to God for protection. He remained rooted in his faith despite and amidst his circumstances.
As our faith roots deepen, we realize, God alone is steadfast and unchanging. The world and its people are constantly shifting, like shadows. As we practice gratitude and communion with God, our eyes are opened to His gifts and goodness. This world is temporary. As the reality of our relationship with God becomes tangible, we trust Him as our shield and fortress. Fear dissipates. God is with us. He will never forsake us. As we orient ourselves to Him, we are equipped for the challenges of today. He welcomes us and gently moves us toward His life, healing, and love.
All growth that is not toward God is growing to decay.
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