There’s a few points that Paul is making here that I want to point out, but they all stem from one main point. At the beginning of this passage Paul says “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. This means that the choice never really ends. You don’t make a choice to accept Christ as your savior and then stop. You continue to accept and choose him every day. Just like the first day you chose Him.
Then- after this daily choice is being made- after we continue to follow Jesus. Our roots grow down into him, our lives are built on him, our faith grows strong and we will overflow with thankfulness. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? As you’ve probably already guessed (or experienced for yourself), this is a lot easier said than done. It’s easy to choose God when the choice seems “fun”, when everyone around us is doing it, or when we’re simply in a good mood. What’s harder is to choose him when it’s not the “fun” option, when you will be the odd man out, or when you’re anxious or depressed. It’s in those choices though, the hard ones, where true growth happens. When we choose God even though it may cost us something, when we put or dependence on him, that’s where we learn and grow the most. THEN, as our faith grows and as we see God show up more and more, our hearts will overflow with thankfulness. From that thankfulness everything else will flow.
Think about areas in your life where you know (be honest with yourself here) that you aren’t choosing God. It could be a recurring sin issue. It could be an area where you’re not being as bold as you could be (think, with your friend who doesn’t know God), it could be that you’re not turning netflix off for 30 minutes to spend time with Him. Whatever it is, ask Him to give you the grace and strength to choose Him in those moments. Then actively do it! The first step is the most important one. After that you’re just walking.
God, thank you that you love us with your whole heart. Help us to love you in the same way. Give us the wisdom to know where we aren’t fully choosing you and the strength to change what we need to change so that you are at the center of our lives. We love you, amen.