Deeply Rooted

“Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7 NLT

“Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.”  Ephesians 3:17 NLT

This is the definition of deep-rooted in the Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Deep rooted: deeply implanted or established

I pray that this message gets across clearly. I am fully trusting that the Lord wants me to share this and that He will use this to speak to your heart in His own way. I pray that you will be able to find some quiet time to honestly examine how deep your roots are established in Christ.

About 3 weeks ago one evening, I was at a local women’s event and during the worship time a lovely young lady sang a song that she had written. It was a beautiful song and through that song, God gave me an image of a peaceful river flowing with two trees planted next to the river. A larger tree with deep, established roots and a smaller tree with smaller roots. Colossians 2:7 was the verse that He gave me with that image. The larger one resembled God deeply rooted, firmly planted in the soil and the smaller one resembled me, even you. The river resembled the Holy Spirit, the source of our living water. The Lord grabbed hold of my heart and spoke to me through this. If our foundation is rooted firmly in Christ, just as the roots are needed for the tree, we can plants good seeds (furthering His Kingdom) and during our trials we will be able to endure them because we are deeply anchored in Him and are grounded by His love and peace.

As I pondered this, I realized that there are a lot of similarities between the roots of a tree and our walk in life.

You see, roots guarantee the existence of the whole tree. We exist because of Him, He created us! Our “roots” are from God and of God!

“All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” John 1:3

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works,And my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:14

Without roots, a tree cannot survive, just as we cannot survive without Christ. Physically, He gives us the air we breathe to fill our lungs. Spiritually, we are given the Holy Spirit to guide us.

“Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:21-22

Roots anchor the tree securely into the soil, just as Christ is the Anchor to our soul.

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”   Hebrews 6:19

Roots absorb and draw water and minerals up from the soil for the tree for strength and stability. Just as we “absorb” and draw from the Holy Spirit, who is our Living Water. He fills us up through His Word and others to give us our strength and stability in life. Only the Lord can quench our thirst, just as the root system is the only thing that can quench the thirst of a tree.

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37b-38

“but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

Roots will even store up water and minerals for future use so the tree will be able to withstand droughts and tough seasons. Similarly, God’s Word can be hidden in our hearts and minds to help us get through the droughts that we face throughout life.

“For he will be like a tree planted by the water, that extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought nor cease to yield fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8

If the root system is not firmly established, the tree will wither and die. It will not yield fruit or prosper. If we are not deeply rooted in Christ, we will also wither and die on the inside. We will not yield fruit and prosper if our perspective isn’t focused on the right things.

“And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.” Mark 4:17

If our roots are not established in Christ, when storms come we will sway and fall away from our “root system”. We will be surrounded with chaos, depression, loneliness, feeling unworthy, etc. One of many important reasons for being deeply rooted, firmly planted in Christ, is so we can endure the trials that we face. He is our Rock and Refuge. Our Light, our Anchor in the storm, our Foundation.

It is not always easy. It is just plain hard sometimes. There are times when you just want to tuck your tail in and run. I have been there. I can tell you this one thing for sure, if I wasn’t firmly planted with my roots entrenched in God’s Word and if I didn’t have the wonderful godly Christian friends the Lord has blessed me with in my life…I would not be where I am. In fact I would be a complete mess. We cannot be used to our fullest potential, if we are not in His Word and firmly planted in it. We miss out on so much when our focus does not rest on Christ, but instead, rests on our circumstances. I can find peace and joy in the midst of the storms I face because my eyes are focused on Him and not on the chaos that surrounds me. The song, “Fix MyEyes” by For King and Country, keeps popping into my head.

I think one of the keys, (aside from prayer and His Word), to being deeply rooted in Christ is to trust Him. Do you trust that He knows best? Can you completely put your trust in Him, knowing that He has plans for you?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11

Just as the psalmist wrote in Psalm 1:1-3 says:

“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners takeor sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of  water, which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”

My desire is to have my roots deeply entwined with the Lord’s, to go out and make an impact for His Kingdom. My heart’s desire is to plant seeds, encourage and help people on their journey, help make disciples and to love them well. I cannot do that if my roots are just on the surface, barely holding on, waiting to see if I will make it or not. Being rooted in Christ is a continuous process. It does not happen overnight. The choices we make pave the way and ultimately decide where we spend eternity.

I would like to encourage you to examine where you are with the Lord. How deep are your roots? Are they just at the surface, withering away, trying to hold on, trying not to fall over? Or are they established in Christ so that you can weather the storms?

You are engraved in the palm of His hands. You are loved by the Creator of the Universe. Wow, sit on that one for awhile. He cares for you, no matter where you are in life. You are worthy and are precious in eyes of the Lord.

Have a blessed week!

Jennifer

“A man will not be established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous will not be moved.” Proverbs 12:3

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