I love watching documentaries. If I ever find time to sit and watch something, I would choose a documentary before choosing a movie. I find that it’s a great way to learn new, interesting facts.
A while back I was watching a documentary on the life of trees and the relationship of dependency trees have with animals. Among many interesting facts, the most fascinating one to me was when they began discussing the root system of a tree. Tree roots grow wide and deep so that they may sustain the life of the tree. You ask how wide and how deep? Well, they stated that most trees grow roots between 4-7 times the diameter of their trunk. That is HUGE.
Tress can live up to hundreds of years while withstanding the toughest of storms, heat, winter, and drought all because of their deep root systems. If the roots of the tree are not deep enough, then they cannot support the tree. Therefore, with a weak root system the tree can brake off and die.
Where Do Your Roots Go?
Ladies, if we desire maturity in Christ then this is an important question that we need to ask ourselves. What are you rooted in? No matter how well we are being fed spiritually, no matter how well we may act, walk, or talk right — unless we are rooted in good ground (Jesus Himself), we will NOT be able to grow in significant depth.
Your roots are where you get your stability from — they are what you stand on. They are what your thoughts, ideas, beliefs, and views are all built upon. Today, we live in a time where it is tempting for us to root ourselves in all the wrong things such as, relationships, wealth, skills or ability, our assets, our reputation or qualification, our past or present successes, and/or our finances. While those things are not bad, they were never designed to be the root system that sustains us.
All of the things in our world today that are waiting for us to stand on them for support can never withstand the storms and hardships of life. When times of struggle, pain, and trials come we have to rely on our deep roots to draw up strength. If that root system we have is anything else except Jesus, then ladies we will not survive.
It can’t just be a decision we make on the surface to cut off these things. You see, roots don’t just grow on the surface, they run deep within in hidden places. They grow strongly in the depths of our hearts. Unless we make that decision in the depths of our hearts and remove those roots from within, then we will not see a change.
The Results Of Healthy Roots
Ladies, when we are rooted in Jesus then the fruits we bear in our ministries, our careers, and our personal lives begin to reflect Him. By doing so, we not only attract others to the fruit we bear, but we also attract them to the One we are rooted in.
Think about how often we admire beautiful flowers and trees. If it wasn’t for the healthy roots they have we wouldn’t be able to see such beautiful results. The beauty on the surface which we admire, is only a reflection of the deeply hidden roots within. In the same sense, when you also see a dead tree on the surface, then that too is a reflection of the condition of the root.
The verse for today in Colossians reminds us to walk in Him while being rooted in Him. This means that as we begin our journey with Christ, we need to also be rooted in Christ. It’s not only claiming to follow Him, but it’s about letting Him become the root system that you can stand on. This is not an easy process it takes time, perseverance, and discipline. If we do not allow ourselves to be shaped by His word, and nourished by His spirit through a continuous relationship with Him, then we will prevent those roots from growing deep.
My prayer for you ladies is that you begin to see the strength and satisfaction found in Him alone. That you begin to realize the power available in Him to carry you through every season, every storm while nourishing the depths of your soul.
See you next Friday!