The Rooted Story
In an attempt to better bridge the disparity between what a believer believes and how a believer lives, Pastor Muriithi Wanjau and Mavuno Church in Nairobi, Kenya, developed a 10-week guided experience called Mizizi. Mizizi is Swahili for ‘roots’. It isn’t a Bible study, class, or program and it isn’t ‘taught’ in the traditional sense. It is rather a 10-week journey with daily homework that each member of their church went on in community with each other. Groups of men and women would gather each week and, through a study guide and a facilitator, walk through Scripture and discover God’s purpose for them in their church family and world. The impact of Mizizi on their church was staggering. Thousands of people were discovering for the first time that God loved them specifically and had a beautiful plan for their lives. They learned God has gifted each of them perfectly for His purposes. They learned how to pray and how to unleash the power of His Spirit. They learned about Jesus’ heart for serving the poor, His ability to destroy Satan’s strongholds in their lives, and how He wants them to steward the material resources He’s given them.
When one fully grasps the fullness of God’s plan for his or her life, one can’t help but go out and do it. And that is exactly what was happening at Mavuno Church. People were reaching their community with the love of Jesus, people were discovering they are called to be fearless influencers of society, and their community was changing. Mavuno could hardly keep up with the growth of Mizizi because family members and co-workers who didn’t go to church or have a relationship with Jesus were signing up in droves. They saw their friends and family members’ lives change before their eyes and they wanted to know why and how it was happening. The Good News was proving to be really good news when tested. It was astounding to witness.
1) Many surveys show that Christians are just as likely to embrace lifestyles as consumer-driven, self-centered, and immoral as those not professing to be Christ-followers. What do you think has caused this to happen? Has this happened in your walk with the Lord?
2) “Because [roots] are out of sight, roots are often out of mind,”’ according to information from Colorado State University Extension. “They are widely overlooked as to their significance in plant health. Eighty percent of all plant disorders include soil/root problems.” How might this physical reality apply spiritually? (Mt. 13:18-23; Col. 2:6-7; Hb. 12:15)
3) Write out a prayer to God thanking Him for His faithfulness (“I will never leave you nor forsake you Hb. 13:5) and ask Him to show you any soil issues currently hindering your growth and where you need to be better rooted in Him.