Digging Deeper

Roots are so important. We rarely see them, but they produce what we do see. If we see a withered plant, we can assume that the roots aren’t healthy. We as Christians need strong roots if we are ever going to survive in this world without looking like it.

If you have ever carved your name in the sand or built a sandcastle, you know that water or wind will erase it and it will crumble. In Matthew 7:23-27, we hear all about this concept. The man who builds a house on the rock (God) will be able to withstand any rain, wind, or storm because the foundation is secure. Anything else will crumble, like the man who builds his house on sand. The exact same thing goes for our lives: when our foundation is secure in Christ, our actions will reflect that foundation, and we will not be shaken. So how can we get to the place of healthy roots?

We have to kill the weeds. Weeds count for all the “bad stuff” in your life that will keep you from having strong roots in God. When we have strong roots in God, our lives will reflect that. Likewise, when our hearts are unstable, it will cause our actions to be unstable too. God can’t bloom the good things in our lives if we hoard the unhealthy things.

Remember He’s the source of our strength. Without the strength of a firm foundation, we have no room to grow and establish a stable heart that looks like Christ’s. John 15:4 reminds us that we can’t do anything without God. We can’t produce good fruit in our lives unless everything we are doing starts with God in the first place. When our foundation is prayer and the Bible, we will always produce the right fruit. This is especially key for the hard times; when our roots are strong and they rely on God’s strength, we are stable.

Trust God to supply your need. Once our actions show that God is our true source of strength, we can trust Him fully to give us what we need. The Bible says it better than I ever could: “But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He 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” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Even when it doesn’t seem obvious that our needs will be met, He always follows through, so we don’t have to waste our time worrying. We will always bear the fruit when we root ourselves in Him.

You will harvest what you plant. This is simple, yet hard to accept when we want to go through life the easy way. It’s hard because a lot of times I want the results without the work. But I can’t lie to myself that way, and neither can you. Matthew 7:20 says, “Thus by their fruit you will recognize them.” If we back up to verses 17 and 18, Jesus explains that a bad tree can never grow good fruit, and vice versa. But we can’t live in denial and act like the poor actions that we sow will reap good results; if we want to establish ourselves in God, we have to see this reality. When you use God’s word as your foundation, it’s never a bad thing.

The world is watching and waiting for anything real and genuine. This world needs solid God-loving people who have solid roots. Let the world see the best version of God through your solid foundation. If you want change, you always have go back to these roots. This goes for challenging yourself, checking your motives, and redirecting your focus. The best part about God is that when we do find ourselves in a mess of dead roots, He breathes life into us to plant a completely new version that looks more like Him.

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