Rooted in Truth
Recently I was looking over my long list of blog post ideas. Most of the time blog post ideas come to me as I am in scripture, as I am in nature or on walks, as I am competing in a race or as I am in the shower. Ha! I am going to assume I am not the only one who receives revelation in the shower! Most of the time the thought just sits as a title for many months until I’m finally ready to write the post and hit publish.
Back in July, on the trip Colby and I took to California, which has been the inspiration for many blog posts, we were hiking at Yosemite and saw massive sequoia trees. I mean, MASSIVE!!!!!! I was drawn not only to the size of the trees, but the size of the roots, which led me to adding “rooted in truth” to my list of potential blog posts.
I had no idea when I had this post in a draft that the title, “rooted in truth” would one day become the theme of the 2nd Moms in the Making conference. I will be talking about the conference more, hopefully this Friday, but for now, I just want to talk about the importance of being rooted in truth.
When I was walking through Yosemite and looking at the trees it was obvious to me, and anyone who else who has seen a tree of such magnitude, that the tree had been there hundreds if not thousands of years. Clearly proving that there is a time element involved to growing roots. Just as we know that to be true for trees, the same holds true for any believer growing roots in the Word.
This is something I wish Christians understood. It is so important to be rooted in the Word and if we had a revelation of this then perhaps we would look different from the rest of the world. Christians who are rooted will not only look different, but they will act different and not only will they act different they will respond different too. Because no longer will they live by the world, but everything about them will have deep roots in the Word.
A few months ago I wrote a post called “why we haven’t crumbled,” which also came as inspiration from the same trip. Do you want to know another answer to that question besides what was mentioned in that blog post? It’s because we have chosen not to identify with the cares of the world and instead chosen to root ourselves in the Word! But those roots didn’t happen overnight because no one can grow deep roots overnight. And you know what else is not possible? To grow deep roots the minute you are in the middle of a crisis. This is why we as Christians have to understand the importance of being rooted in the Word, always! Even if life is easy. And if you aren’t, do you realize what will happen? Just like any tree without deep roots, the minute a storm comes your way you will be knocked right over. Essentially, you will crumble!
”He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” Psalm 1:3
Not only will you be able to face any storm when you are rooted in the Word but just as Psalm 1:3 says you will also be able to bear fruit in every season of life. Fruit can only produce on a tree when there are roots and the same holds true for your life. Not only will you be able to produce fruit but when you have roots you will never be dry because roots allow you to receive living water, Holy Spirit, which will in turn lead you to be flourishing and prosperous. Can I get an amen? Do you see how this is all intertwined? I mean how many people do you know that want the fruit but don’t have any roots? It just doesn’t work that way.
There is another element to growing roots and that is the condition of the soil, which I will save for another blog post. But for now, I want to remind you that being rooted in truth is a process. You won’t grow deep roots overnight, but don’t let that deter you from making a decision to root yourself in truth today because you have to start somewhere. Open the Word of God and start in the New Testament. Even if you can’t see the roots immediately in your life, I can assure you that as you spend time in the Word, they are growing! Before you know it you will have roots so deep that you will not only be producing spiritual fruit, but you will also be able to weather any storm that comes your way.
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6-7
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