Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Wednesday's Word ~ Roots

Anyone that knows me will tell you I don't do gardens - ever. No flower beds, no vegetables, nothing.... not my area.

But I do know roots. See, I come from a big family.... and an even bigger extended family. And the one thing I can tell you about families especially here in the South.... people and families have roots.

I myself come from a family of mixed heritage.... some Cherokee , some Scottish background, and lots of other "nationalities" from both my parent's sides. But more than that, I come from a family that is rooted in Christ. My grandfather was a preacher, many of my uncles and cousins are preachers and although my dad was not, he lived his life as a living testimony to others of the goodness of God.

But in this life it takes more than just your family's roots...... you need personal roots as well. The writer of Ephesians says it like this in chapter 3 verse 17 (NLT) And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in Him.
May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love. Do you see that? Your roots..... each of us has roots to attend. And our personal roots need to go down deep .... but not just anywhere ...... we need to be planted in the soil of God's love. And that soil the writer is talking about is none other than Jesus. We as Christians must plant ourselves in Christ. We must take root in Him, finding all that we need in Him.

Col 2:6-10
(NLT) And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to Him. Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him, so you will grow in faith, strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all He has done. Don't let anyone lead you astray with empty philosophy and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the evil powers of this world, and not from Christ. For in Christ the fullness of God lives in a human body, and you are complete through your union with Christ. He is the Lord over every ruler and authority in the universe.

Jesus must be the only one in who we find our nourishment in ..... our roots will not grow in the truth if we do not delve ever deeper in Him. There is only one way.... one perfect truth and we will only find it in Christ.


Anonymous said...

Amen Traci! Great post!

Love, Tina :)

Anonymous said...

So true ~ even to those of us who don't really have alot of family roots. He still gives us wonderful sister-friends like you to intertwine our roots with!

Love you,