“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7
How do you know when you don’t have deep spiritual roots? Worry, fear, anxiety, stress, guilt, shame, resentment, bitterness and so much more show up in your life. These are the results of not having deep spiritual roots. That is why Paul says he wants us to be “rooted” in God— rooted in His Word, rooted in love, rooted in faith, rooted and hope.
The Bible has a lot to say about having spiritual roots. Jesus told a parable about seeds falling to the ground. Some of the seeds never developed deep roots’s, so they withered away once they encountered problems (Matthew 13:6). But Jesus wants us to deepen our faith in Him so we can “produce a harvest of 30, 60, or even 100 times much as has been planted!” (Matthew 13:23 NLT)
How do you develop spiritual roots? You’ve got to spend time with God, and you’ve got to spend time with other believers. No one has all of life figured out. There are things in your life you can’t figure out. That’s why Christians need each other! You can learn from other Christians as you encourage each other and your roots grow deeper.
But if you’re not spending time with God daily, you’re going to dry up and blow away when the pressure of life is on. There is no substitute for time alone with God in the Christian life. Whatever it takes to keep the focus on God, do it!
Dear Father, as I continue to be rooted in You, I trust that You will build up my life to all that You have for me. May my life bring glory and honor to Your great name. Amen ______________________________
From “Grace, Hope, and Love My Daily Devotional” page 101.