A vital component of any fruit-bearing plant is its root system. Roots absorb water and nutrients in order to ensure healthy plant growth. They also act as stabilizers, enabling plants to endure severe winds and storms that would threaten to destroy them.
We, as God’s children, possess new life. Christ dwells in us so that we might bear godly fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Abundant fruit production glorifies God and confirms that we are His children. Godly fruit production is dependent upon our root system being firmly anchored in the words and Spirit of Christ.
The soil of humility is the environment in which the roots of our being become strongly established in Christ. Recognizing our utter neediness for the holy life of Christ to exert power in us, we seek Him as our most vital necessity. Apart from Him, our root system quickly becomes diseased by the impurity of sin. Death to self and prideful ways allows the life of God to rise up in us. Others will live as we choose to be nourished by Christ.
Coming to Jesus in daily communion roots and firmly plants us in God’s love and truth. As we live in the soul-satisfying power of that great love, we will trust God enough to obey Him in all circumstances. In His unfailing love, the great “I AM” promises to work out the most impossible looking circumstances for our good, causing us to delight in obeying His words no matter how we feel.
Will you run to Jesus, rooting yourself more deeply in His truth, love and righteousness? When the storms of adversity come, they will be the fertilizer that is used to grow your root system more deeply into the boundless resources of Christ. As plant roots grow in the darkness of the earth, God will use seasons of dark trials to grow you in greater holy character as the roots of your being are deeply planted in Christ. In all seasons of life, you will bring forth an abundance of beautiful, godly fruit.
“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.”