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Text: Colossians 2.6-7

Recognizing our sin, our need for the gospel, and coming to the Cross for forgiveness is just the beginning of our life with Jesus. Unfortunately, for some, it’s also the end: we lose the continual, ongoing need for the gospel in our lives and drift from living a lifestyle patterned after Jesus.

The Apostle Paul recognized this tendency in the early followers of Jesus. He reminded them, in Colossians 2.6-7, to stay closely connected to the source of their spiritual nourishment: Jesus. Ways to stay “rooted and built up in him” include such things as regular Bible reading, Scripture memory, and prayer. These “spiritual disciplines” remind us of our daily need for the gospel of God’s grace, mercy, and forgiveness.

One way to study the “word of his grace, which can build you up” (Acts 20.32) is to memorize it. Today, and through the weekend, memorize Colossians 2.6-7 as a reminder of your need to continually receive—and live in—the gospel.