Happy New Year!
I pray 2019 will be a year of continued spiritual growth and maturity as we dig deeper into the Word and truly develop a heart of worship. Worship is much more than a song …. it’s how we live our lives. Worship is the way we live in obedience to Jesus. I truly believe the seeds we have been planting – that some will be harvested this year. We must continue to trust the Lord and His timing.
This post will be a short one because my hope is that we will individually take some time set aside for the Lord to dig deeper.
As we enter the new year, I wonder …… what are we rooted in?
I looked up the definition of root and according to the Oxford Dictionary, it is defined as:
the part of a plant which attaches it to the ground or to a support, typically underground, conveying water and nourishment to the rest of the plant via numerous branches and fibres.“cacti have deep and spreading roots”2. the basic cause, source, or origin of something.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV) says:
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7 (NLT) says:
Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 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 (NKJV) says:
6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding [a]in it with thanksgiving.
What are you rooted in?
My roots should be built on Jesus. Jesus should be my foundation. Not a husband, a house or a job. When humans or things of this world change, my foundation will be built on a source that is unchangeable.
Hebrews 13:8 (NLT) says:
8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Think about a very large tree, it is able to stand because its roots grow deep and wide into the ground. Usually our eyes can’t see how far it is actually growing unless we dig it up. The roots grow from the seed before the seed starts to sprout above the ground.
What will you look like if you’re “dug up”? Will your roots (foundation) be Jesus? The Word of God?
As your roots grow deeper, things around you will change- you can’t stay the same as you were last year or even yesterday! I read somewhere that growing sometimes means outgrowing certain seasons, mindsets, people and circumstances you can’t take everybody and everything with you to each season of your life. God will always bring what is the best for you as your progress.
As your roots grow deeper – you will learn more about your purpose and the assignment here on Earth. You will hear His voice more clearly.
James 1:17 says: “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.”
Let’s live deeply rooted this year – let’s spend less time on social media (including messaging and WhatsApp) and more time journaling, praying and reading God’s Word.
lots of love,
The Graced Citizen