The Source of Growth Part 2: Practicing Fundamentals

Activate: Colossians 2:6-7 So then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

Elevate: I love watching sports. Football is my favorite, especially Dallas Cowboy’s football. It always amazes me when I hear an athlete or coach talking about needing to go back and work on fundamentals. These guys play on the highest level, and their understanding about what is happening on the field is far greater than any spectator. Yet they understand how important fundamentals are to what they want to accomplish on the field.

One of the most important fundamentals of football is alignment. That means where you’re lined up and where you are going. If you start in a wrong position the play will not work as planned. The first step is very important to the outcome of the game.

For a believer we have fundamentals as well. Without understanding our need for the basics we too can find ourselves in a wrong position. Like taking up someone’s offense, living with a wounded spirit or hardening our heart because of pride. Whether you are new to the faith or been committed for years make sure you are strengthening your knowledge and execution of the fundamentals in order to grow effectively.

In our verse above Paul is speaking about relationship with Jesus. It requires more than just a prayer of forgiveness and submission. The believer is to stay ready, planted and building their faith in Him. With that said, what condition is your faith? Is it strong or weak? Is it ready to believe God for the next big step?

Remember Jesus is the first step. The revelation about who Jesus is, that’s our exodus out of a self-centered life. This year is more than just a fresh start, it’s a chance to get back to practicing the fundamentals.

Cultivate: Identify any area that would cause the enemy to attack your position in Christ. Spend 15 minutes today asking Christ to reveal himself to you in a deeper way.