Grow Deep -The Family That Has Everything-Week 1

Week 1: August 18-24

The Family That Has Everything Has Jesus

Memory Verse: “He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:17

When I was young, I didn’t think much about what my family looked like. It seemed the same as every other family I knew. Neighbors, friends … everyone seemed to have a nuclear family just like ours. The only real difference was in the number of children each had.

As I got older, though, I began to notice differences—there was divorce, unhappiness, health issues. I noticed a widening gap between those who enjoyed the benefits of a lucrative income and had the “everythings” money could buy and those who didn’t. Our family had what we needed, but we didn’t always have many of the things we “wanted.”

We lived a modest lifestyle, and my parents taught me early in life that money and things were not as important as some people believed they were. That is not to say I didn’t want many of the “everythings” others had, but I was taught to be aware of the lure and temptation of zeroing in on them. I remember praying as a young bride that God would make me content with what He provided. But, truthfully, it wasn’t until my spouse and I faced a major financial and health crisis in our marriage that I began to understand the depth and richness of God’s provision. I began to realize that God had already given me “everything” I needed then or would ever need … He gave me Jesus. That realization did not make our struggles magically disappear. But it did force me to trust God in a way that I had never done before. It forced me to prioritize and make decisions that aligned with my priorities. We were not a family that had “everything” by the world’s standards, but we did, indeed, have everything! We had Jesus!

Sunday, August 18
Read: Colossians 1:15-20
In our reading today, we are reminded that all things were created and reconciled by Christ. He made it all, and He paid it all! He calls us to Himself to live as members of His family under His authority.
Reflect: What does it mean to you to be a member of God’s family? What does it mean to put yourself under His authority? How are your priorities and decisions different from those of someone who is not a Christian?

Monday, August 19
Read: Genesis 2:15-24
God is the creator and author of the family.
Reflect: What do these verses teach you about God? About family? About the dynamics between husband and wife in the family?

Tuesday, August 20
Read: Ephesians 5:25-28; 6:4
God further defines the family by outlining the roles each member has; the husband is to love his wife as Christ loves the church and is to bring up his children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Reflect: If you are married, how are you doing at loving and serving your spouse as Christ served and loves the church? How much time do you spend in the training and raising of your children in the fear and admonition of the Lord? How can your participation in a small group encourage you in your roles in the family?

Wednesday, August 21

Read: Ephesians 5:22-23, Titus 2:3-5
Wives are to submit to their husbands in marriage; as mothers, they are to teach their children to love and obey God, and as they age, they are to teach younger mothers.
Reflect: How do you feel when you think about what Christ has done for you? How are you motivated to respond to Him? What does it mean to you to submit to your spouse? To Christ? Why does Paul encourage older women to teach younger women?

Thursday, August 22
Read: Ephesians 6:1-3; Deuteronomy 5:16
Children also have a role in the family. They are to be obedient to their parents, to love and honor them. God promises long life to those who follow His command to honor their mothers and fathers.
Reflect: Why does a child need to be taught obedience? How is obedience to your parents connected to obedience to God? How does obedience to your parents honor them? How does it honor God?

Friday, August 23

Read: Romans 12:1-2
In his letter to the Romans, Paul tells us we are not to live for ourselves; we need to live lives that are good and pleasing to God by submitting to His authority because of what He has done for us. As we live together as a family in the roles that God has given us, we can gain a better understanding of how God expects us to live together as members of His family.
Reflect: When you think about what Christ has done for you … how He has given you “everything” by giving up His life for you … are you motivated to make a choice to live for Him? Why or why not? How do these verses encourage you to live a life of sacrifice for your family?

Saturday, August 24

Read: Colossians 2:1-10
Within the framework of the family, we learn to understand and put ourselves under the authority of God in our lives; we learn how to interact with others. God has established the church as His family. He is the head, we are His bride and siblings with one another.
Reflect: How does Paul encourage you in verses 9-10? How can you apply this encouragement in your own life? Within your family? Is union with Christ “everything” in your relationship with Him? In your relationship as a member of your family here on earth?