God wants His followers rooted. Without roots, a plant cannot be stable. In fact, if roots don’t develop, neither does a plant. Let me show you:
Did you notice that the roots had to develop first before the actual plant emerged? A plant doesn’t exist without its roots, and fruit won’t come without proper rooting either.
Today, let’s take a look at the purpose of being rooted in God and how we can nurture our “root system” in Christ.
As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
One of the goals of this Reflections Devotional series is to take a good look at how God wants us to see ourselves in light of His Word. When we look at and examine ourselves as Christians, we should see the reflection of Christ and His Word in our countenance and our lives.
One of the ways that will become a reality is if we allow ourselves to become rooted and established in Him.
The better rooted we are, the more fruitful our growth will be.
The word “rooted” in the Greek (Strong’s 4492G, rhizoó) means: to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded. To stabilize.
I can honestly say that the only time I have ever been ‘stable’ in my life is when I am walking with Him. Every time I have veered from the way He wants me to live, I experience some level of hardship, chaos, or loss. Walking with Jesus is so very simple: walk according to the Word.
We know from basic botany that a seed needs three main components to grow:
- & Good Soil.
Likewise in Christ, in order for the seed of the Word to grow and take root, we need to allow our hearts to be the good soil that receives the seed. We need the warmth of patience as we wait on the seed to take root and we need to water that seed with our faith. As long as we provide the right conditions, the power in His Seed will do the rest.
Deep roots make for a strong plant, deep roots are able to draw nourishment as needed, deep roots stabilize us through all sorts of weather predicaments found in daily life.
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So, what does “becoming rooted” in Him look like? How do we start nourishing our root system in faith?
- Read, study, and receive your bible. – It all begins with His Word. We won’t know how to walk with Him if we don’t know what the bible has to say about daily living. If, in your reading, you come across a verse that speaks to you, or corrects you, then consider it an opportunity to grow and become rooted.
- Do what the Word of God says. -“Walking with Him” is really about obeying and doing His Word. When we line up our actions and hearts to what His Word says- thinking, saying, and doing what He wants us to do- THIS is where the growth begins to happen, this is how the fruit begins to develop. There are no shortcuts around this process. That verse He showed you about loving and praying for those who despise you??? It’s an opportunity to grow!
- Develop your prayer life in His Presence. – When we pray, really pray, our faith waters the seed of His Word. There are so many incidences in my life where, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t make something happen, but when I prayed… breakthrough! Prayer ushers in His Power! Prayer is also where we practice patience. Instead of ‘doing’ and ‘striving’, through prayer, we patiently wait for God to show up in our circumstances.
As we do these things, our root system strengthens and grows, something God desires for all of us. In the crazy days of life, I can always use a stable root system that keeps me grounded, amen?
Father, thank you for Your Word. Thank you for the stability it brings into my life. I desire to become even more rooted in You Father, help me to give myself to the study of Your Word, the obedience of it, and to my prayer life. As I do these things, may my roots go deep and find the nourishment I need to live a fruitful life in You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
***This week, set aside some time to read His Word daily and to pray. Keep it simple and whatever He shows you to do, do it. At the end of the week, record the difference these practices made in your daily life.
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