How Deep Do Your Roots Go?
How deep do your roots go with God? Luke 8:13 says, “The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the people who gladly hear the message and accept it. But they don’t have deep roots, and they believe only for a little while. As soon as life gets hard, they give up.” A lot of times we hear God’s Word and get excited about it, but we don’t allow it to change us. I don't know about any of you, but I want to be a person with deep spiritual roots so that when recession comes and lasts several years, I'm able to keep bearing fruit. When the rough winds come and somebody in my family gets sick or somebody dies, that trial doesn’t blow me away, because I've got ROOTS. A word’s “root” refers to the part of a word from which others stem. I interpret this as whatever my root is, my stems and what produces on my branches will be a reflection of my roots. In gardening, roots are the part of a plant which attach the whole plant to the ground and carry water and nourishment to the rest of the plant by the system of branches. The roots are essential for the plant to have life, just like a connection with Christ is a necessity if you are to have a full spiritual life. Plants exhibits signs of life and nourishment depending on the health of their roots, we too can exhibit Christ-like qualities if we draw our nourishment from Him and his teachings and if you remain rooted in Him. The deeper your roots go in Christ, the harder it will be for the enemy to tear you down, the easier it will be to produce fruit and reap blessings, and the more rewarding it will be when you see how far you’ve come after each season in your life.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 says, “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” If you’re not spending time with God on a daily basis, you’re going to dry up and blow away when the pressure is on because you're not deeply rooted. You won’t be able to handle it. You’ve got to make time to listen during a daily time with God. You have to sit and be quiet. You have to read the Bible and talk to God. The tree in this verse is planted by the water side which is wear it’s receiving nourishment daily. If your soul thirsts for Christ like David’s did in the book of Psalm, then you must seek the source and be rooted by the waterside.