NIV: "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."
NLT: "And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness."
Sometimes it is so easy to read something in the Bible and just quickly brush over it and not really dissect the verse. I wanted to take the time to really understand these verses and apply it to my life. I looked up the definitions to some of the 'churchy' words in these verses:
Rooted: Adjective: having roots, firmly planted.
Strengthened: Verb: to make stronger, give strength to.
Overflowing: Verb: to flow or run over, to be filled with.
Growing roots takes time, it does not happen overnight. We all know this but are we doing what is necessary in order to help our roots grow? How do we become "rooted and built up in him?" I believe it is a process that takes time and effort from us. God is always there, He always will be and He wants us to cultivate a personal relationship with Him. Spending time in the Bible is the number one way to allow your roots to grow. Attending church as well as joining a LifeGroup or Bibe Study are fabulous ways to help your roots grow farther into the rich soil of God. Spending one on one time with God is where its at!
Here are some of the ways I have found the most spiritual growth:
Dissecting Gods Word one verse at a time
Writing verses out in my journal
Speaking Gods Word out loud
Listening to worship music alone while journaling
Reading Bible study books on topics I am struggling with
My friend, our enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking for someone to devour (I Peter 5:8). Satan wants nothing more than to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). We are all going to face many storms during our lifetime. Adultery, divorce, suicide, depression, bankruptcy, illness and death are all around us. We all know someone going through one of these at this exact moment!