I love the summer when all things are green. My grass, shrubs, trees, and flowers are all green and lush because they have sent their roots down deep into the rain-soaked ground. And they bring up the moisture and nutrients into the plant and they flourish.
God has also designed our spirits to flourish. Like plants, it involves sending our roots down into Christ, the Living Lord. Scripture puts it this way,
“ … So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…” --Ephesians 3: 17
Are you feeling spiritually dry? You can change that TODAY. Send your roots down deep into Christ. How?
Step 1: Put your roots down into Christ’s love. Our Savior has such love for us as demonstrated on the cross. He said, “NO greater love has anyone than this, that they lay down their life for their friends.” And then Jesus went out and died to save us from the penalty of our sins. So now instead of hell we have been given heaven. Meditate on Christ’s love for you. He was willing to give up his own life for you. You were eternally important to him. He wanted you with him forever. Receive his love for you in this moment.
Step 2: Protect your roots from predators who want to destroy them. I must spray a chemical on my plants to keep predators from destroying their roots and killing the plant. This chemical permeates the roots and makes them bitter to any would be “eater”. And you can protect yourself from THE PREDATOR, the devil, by fellowshipping with other Christians. Being with other disciples of Jesus strengthens you to resist temptation and sin. The goodness of other Christians rubs off on you and you become good. Where does this happen? Primarily in worship where you strengthen yourself in the knowledge of Christ. The Christian who worships weekly feels strong and can resist evil influences. Worship on Sundays.
Step 3: Water yourself with the Word of God. Plants can’t exist for long without water. And a Christian can’t remain strong without God’s word. If you don’t have a daily quiet time, start TODAY. Spend time daily in God’s word—read it, get the Bible app on your phone, listen to the Bible on CD. Hear God speaking directly to you through the Word. Start with the Gospel of John and Psalms. They are the most applicable parts of the Bible. Ask yourself, “Based on what I’ve just read, what does God want me to say, do, or think?” It’s better to read the Word daily for 10 minutes than read it weekly for an hour. You wouldn’t drink water only weekly, so why take in God’s Word only once a week? DAILY is the way to go.
This summer let’s all put our roots down deep into Christ’s living presence.
Blessings on you,
Pastor Ken, Interim Pastor