Week 1 // Rooted in Christ
Know: “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.” Colossians 2:6-7
Consider: Have you ever been gone for a couple of weeks and come back to a wilted houseplant? A scientist would say it’s lost its “turgor pressure.” Jesus is meant to be the water of our life yet we often walk around spiritually dehydrated. As military soldiers & spouses, we understand what it means to be a “dependent,” and we are made to be dependent on God. Listen to what Jesus says to the woman at the well in John 4:14, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” Read Psalm 1:3 below, and rate how well might this describe you on a scale from 1-10 (10 best):
He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
How’d you do? Spiritually speaking, we can be just like those houseplants – deeply rooted and satisfied or a little droopy. The biggest thing that makes me spiritually droopy is having a grumbling heart that is easily irritated, the “root” of which ultimately comes down to a lack of trust in God. I tend to complain because I don’t really trust that He has what is best in mind for me, that everything is really for my good and His glory. The theme here is planting roots, but there are also some unwanted roots, spiritual weeds, that need removal.
Your faith walk is surely different, but the question is the same: how’s your turgor pressure?
As I am deeply rooted in Christ I experience His life-giving strength and contentment.
Reflect: Questions for Journaling & Discussing
- In Colossians 2:6, what are we to receive? What does God do for us as we walk in him (Colossians 2:7)
- How could the phrase “just as you were taught” (Colossians 2:7) apply to us today?
- Colossians 2:7 indicates we are to “abound in thanksgiving” as we walk in Christ. Am I someone who, deep down, looks for the burdens or the blessings in life? Is there a circumstance in which I am struggling to be thankful? Take a moment to ask God to make the truths of Colossians 2:6-7 real in your life, confessing any areas at odds.
Continue: Memory Verse & Daily Homework
Day 1: Memorize Colossians 2:6-7 (arguably the central verse of Colossians) by writing it on a card, practicing and praying it throughout the day. If you haven’t already answered the reflection questions above, do that now.
Day 2: Today read all of Colossians 2, noting that this is a letter (also called an epistle) written by the apostle Paul and Timothy to the church at Colosse (modern day Turkey). What might this church have been facing, considering Paul’s words? How can this inform your faith or instruct your life today? Use a journal to respond in thanksgiving.
Day 3: Using a journal, make two columns, “What I Learn about God” and “What I Learn about Mankind.” Looking at John 15 – a foundational chapter about abiding well – fill in those two columns. What truth about God do you need to cling to most? What do you learn about man that coaches you? Circle one item in each column and practice giving thanks to God because practice makes progress!
Day 4: Read Ephesians 3:14-17 (also written by Paul) listing what more you learn about being rooted in Christ. Pray with thanksgiving.
Day 5: Read Ephesians 5: 18-20. Today’s homework is a praise and worship exercise. Find a song, hymn or psalm that expresses the idea of being rooted in Christ, or write one of your own using the truths of Colossians 2:6-7. Make up a tune or use an existing one. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord!
Comment: Thoughts on being rooted? Needing to root out some weeds? How easy is it for you to “abound” in thanksgiving? Join the conversation with other military women around the world!
Really Good Vegetable Root Soup
Consider sharing this is as a Bible study class, “breaking bread” together!
4 large potatoes, sliced
4 large carrots, thinly sliced
4 cups chicken broth
2 large mild Italian sausages, sliced
2 large spicy Italian sausages, sliced
2 cups cabbage, thinly sliced
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/8 cup fresh cilantro, finely minced
1 cup milk, preferably whole
In a large cooking pot combine all ingredients except milk. Cook over medium until potatoes are soft, about 25 minutes. When ready to serve, turn off heat and add milk. Ladle into soup bowls and enjoy! Serves 4-6 people.
Submitted by Andrea Plotner, with insights from Beth Mills