Yay, I’ve been memorizing my verse! Col. 2:6-7 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.
- Received Christ
- Built up
- As taught
Wow, there’s a lot packed into these 30 words. Scripture memorization is good on many levels, not the least of which is that it causes us to break it up into manageable bites.
I, myself, try to find a memory trick. This one, I discovered, has a natural progression. It’s as if Paul is taking us through all the stages of the Christian pilgrimage. It starts with receiving the Lord, when we begin walking with Him. In time, it’s made clear whether it was a spurious conversion; if not, we are rooted. Over the ensuing years, we are built up, in due course solidly established in the faith that was originally taught to us by loving evangelists. And through it all—more and more—we abound in thanksgiving.
[Oh, yes indeed: feel free to pause for a re-read of this excellent jewel from God.]
In context, it’s even richer with meaning. Paul speaks of his suffering and labor as a steward of the Gospel, but rejoicing to see the Colossians in “good order and firmness.” He then admonishes them in verses 6 and 7: walk, rooted, built up, established, thankful. He follows with warnings against philosophy, deceit, and traditions not according to Christ.
It seems this memory verse is a very judicious credo; my Bible teacher chose wisely. But as I prettily parlay it into ponderable pieces, God would not have me miss the little jots and tittles. I’ll close this post with one of the most important words in the memory passage: “as.” [Yes, you may go back through it one more time, Grasshopper.]