"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." Colossians 2:6-7
A couple of weeks ago we started our garden. We bought some of those little greenhouse boxes with dirt and some additional compost and picked out all of the things we wanted to start inside early in the season before they could be outside. We carefully mixed all the dirt and compost and water and filled each cell in the little greenhouse tray. Then we added the seeds and prayed that God would allow our garden to grow and be a blessing to our family and others.
Two days later, four small shoots started to poke through the soil. Six days later a majority of all the plants had sprouted through the dirt. They continue to grow and we are anxious to get them outside. The amazing thing though, to me, was not the sprouting of the plants. When you remove the tray that holds the plants and add water to the tray that the plant tray sits in, there are healthy roots coming out of the bottom of the plant tray, searching for water and growing stronger. Those roots were growing downward before the plants were ever growing upward.
In our walk with the Lord, we must be rooted and built up in Him. Before our lives grow and sprout into what God would have them be, our roots must dig down deep into the soil of the Lord Jesus Christ. As our roots grow, we become stronger and then evidence of our growth starts to be displayed we sprout from the soil. Then in the right season, like these plants that we are caring for, we too will bear fruit that will honor the Lord and bring glory to the Father.
Grace & Peace,
(You can reach Pastor John at firstname.lastname@example.org)