With the grass take over, plus the neighbor’s trees blocking the sun’s access to my little garden area, we decided to forgo a food garden this year. The LORD has blessed us with beautiful roses, there are peaches on the tree, and in these we rejoice. But inside the house we have some plants. Plus, I am rooting new plants, for those who want them. The large leaf I’m rooting, is angel wing; the one with the flowers, is a cactus for a friend who asked for one a couple of years ago. She comes in this week from California, so I’m glad the roots are flourishing. The one in the middle, was the craziest celery center I had ever seen. I put it in water to see if it would root. The leaves blossomed first, but now the roots are about as long as the plant is tall.
Roots are so important to a plant, for they are what anchors and holds the plant in position. It is through the roots that a plant feeds, drawing in water and nourishment. Christians need roots too.
So then, just as you received CHRIST JESUS as LORD, continue to live your lives in HIM, rooted and built up in HIM, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7).
Just as I put the cuttings in water to begin rooting, so JESUS gives us the living water of the HOLY SPIRIT (John 7:38-39), to root us in HIM. GOD, HIMSELF, has provided the nourishment for growth (man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that goes out the mouth of GOD (Matthew 4:4). JESUS is the ONE holding us securely in place.
Have you ever taking a cutting off a plant, and tried planting it before letting it grow roots? It didn’t work, did it? Some people are like that, like the seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once get excited about it. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes, because of the Word, they quickly fall away (Mark 4:16-17). They have no roots.
As a plant is only as strong as its root system, so it is with Christians. Make sure you have a good, healthy root system, by feeding and drinking from the Word of GOD, and talking to JESUS. Build up your trust in HIM, by turning to JESUS for advice. By asking HIM to help you in little things (Proverbs 3:5-7), you learn to see HIM at work, and you are strengthened to trust HIM when calamity hits.
So, “Let us fix our eyes on JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider HIM who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart in the evil day (Hebrews 12:2-3).
Looking unto JESUS, the Author and Perfecter of my faith.