Deeply Rooted – by Laura Stewart

Apr 19, 2016 1674

0408f75e773cc3d348f5817a8e488411So 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).

I recently saw a photo of my home where I grew up. The yard was green, the field was golden, and the trees of the woods were starting to show signs of life again after a long, cold winter.

There’s a big, old tree in the back yard with huge roots that swirl all over the ground. I can suspect that they must go very deep into the soil because the tree is so large and sturdy. It has survived many storms, yet year after year, it still produces beautiful greenery each spring.

This image is a good example for me when I think about how I should live my life.

When we take root in Jesus and all that he offers, we can weather storms time and time again because He is a sturdy foundation.  Jesus says, Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Matt 11:28). When we become tired in the midst of a difficult time, we can come to Jesus and he will help us get through it every single time.

When we take root in Jesus, we can grow and become strengthened in faith. Because he continues to prove himself, our faith is ever-growing.  If Jesus can use faith the size of a mustard seed to work miracles, imagine what he will do as our faith continues to grow!

When we take root in Jesus, we have ability to overflow with thankfulness. This is a choice that everyone has to make individually.  If you choose to overflow with thankfulness you will be like the tree with fresh, vibrant, sweet fruit hanging from its branches. You and everyone else around will delight in Jesus because of the thankfulness radiating from you.

Jesus gave his life up so that we can have a relationship with the Father forever, even starting right now here on earth. When we accept him, he will transform and grow us into something beautiful, strong, and sturdy.

Are you ready to dig deeper and grow even stronger in your faith?

– Laura Stewart

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