Rooted and Grounded in Christ
Ephesians 3:17–19 KJV “3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.”
Why is it you miss something more after it is gone than appreciate it while here? Why is this the case not only with people but things? Walking out of the garage yesterday, I thought how much I miss the shade of the oak tree that stood in the middle of the circle driveway. I enjoyed its shade. It set off the house with it majestic size and form.
Unfortunately, the tree came crashing down during Hurricane Matthew. For years, it had weathered storm after storm. The wind had blown against it time after time, yet it kept standing.
Finally, the tree had outgrown its root system. It was top heavy with a wide root base which had no depth. Wide and shallow was a great description to its root system. Looking at the tree, no one would have believed just how shallow the roots were. They never went down into the earth, staying on the top where it was easier to grow with less resistance. Its choice for an easier pathway led to its downfall and destruction.
If we will withstand the storms of life, we must grow deep and wide in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our spiritual roots have to dig deep into the Lord! We have to grow strong to withstand all this world throws at us. Without being rooted and grounded in Christ, just like the oak tree came crashing down, our lives can come crashing down.
Just like the oak tree, we can look great on the outside, but have a very shallow root system. When the wind blows against us is when the true test of faith, strength, and stability happens.
How can we grow deep, strong roots in the Lord?
Grow deep in your Bible study. Bible study is more than just reading tweets of a verses. It must be an in-depth study of God’s word to lead and guide our lives.
Grow deep in your prayer life. Prayer life is more than just a shout out to the Lord but a pouring out of one’s heart in praise, worship, supplication, and request to the Lord.
Grow deep in your faith. Faith is more than just saying you believe in the Lord, but a daily trusting in God for one’s life, heart, soul, and eternity.
Grow deep in your obedience. Obedience is yielding your life, body, mind, and heart to the things of the Lord. It is being obedient to the Word of God.
Grow deep in your worship. Worship should be daily. Daily praising the Lord in one’s devotion life, then coming together as a church body to praise and worship the Lord.
Shallow, spiritual living leads to a defeated Christian life. Deep, rooted spiritual walk in Christ produces a strong foundation, even in the middle of a raging storm.
Grow deep! Get rooted in Christ! You cannot escape the storms of life, but you can build a solid foundation on Jesus Christ to withstand when the storm beats against you and your family.