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As a kid I had lots of things I was really in to. The pattern went like this: music, breakdancing (seriously, I was a great head-spinner), skateboarding, BMX, surfing, bowling, bodybuilding, then back to music. Looking back, most of these things came by way of fads or trying to keep up with what my buddies were in to. They weren’t necessarily something I was passionate about. I was easily planted and then transplanted into whatever was popular at the time, like most people. It’s okay to have hobbies and spend time doing things you deem fun, but the danger comes when we allow this pattern to become inescapable. God never intended for us to live as weak-minded and unstable people, tossed around by outside forces. Check out what Scripture says about people who refuse to live like this.

Psalm 1:3 “They are like trees growing beside a stream, trees that produce fruit in season and always have leaves. Those people succeed in everything they do.”

Our life depends on our roots! What are we tapped in to? Where are we getting our life source? Roots are the difference maker! Here’s why.

1. Strong roots provide nourishment
Psalm 1 paints this picture of a tree, full of color, full of fruit, full of life. But why? Because of where it’s planted. It’s roots are always close to and pulling from a source of health and nutrition. Now watch this!

Colossians 2:6,7 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”

2. Strong roots sustain you
Jesus never promised a pain-free life, coated in Narnia. Us Christians are actually more susceptible to Satan’s attacks than non-believers. So what will sustain you when life kicks your butt? What keeps you from freaking out when a job ends, a marriage struggles, when you don’t make the team or pass the test? If your roots are not planted firmly in Jesus, good luck thriving and growing through the harsh elements of this world. Check out Matthew 13, “Parable of the Soils” for Jesus’ insight to that.

3. Strong roots will stabilize you.
Think about a tumbleweed. It used to be a striving plant at one time. It became dried up by outside elements and snapped off it’s dead roots. Now the wind blows it wherever it wants. Are you in danger of becoming Satan’s tumbleweed? Has your previous root system failed only to let him blow you into an addiction, an affair, a crooked business deal, a group of friends you shouldn’t be involved with? That same Psalm speaks of this in verse 4.

Psalm 1:4 “That isn’t true of those who are evil, because they are like straw blown by the wind.”

Or what about this one?
Proverbs 12:3 “No one is established by wickedness, but the root of the righteous will never be moved.”

It’s so critical to have strong roots that keep us in place when Satan kicks up a storm capable of knocking us off our foundation. It literally is the difference between life or death, striving or wilting, standing tall or toppling over.

One last thought on the stabilizing power of roots came from a story I saw about the California Redwoods. I was amazed at how trees that were 300+ feet tall, some very narrow and having a root system that only reaches around 10 ft down and on average about an inch in diameter, could stay standing. How???? I learned that the roots of these Redwoods grow together. They are so intermingled that they support each other! What a beautiful picture of what the local church should look like! Supporting each other with our roots tied together in small groups, events, prayer and love. If you’re not part of a local church, you’re missing out on the strength of a forrest of others holding us up when we are at our weakest.

I’ll end with this question, “What does your life look like right now?” Honestly? Dry, lifeless, fruitless, withering, struggling? Maybe it’s time to do a soil sample and be transplanted, Maybe it’s time to get your roots buried deep into Jesus, the wellspring of life, bringing forth stability, vibrant color and fruit just like He intended! Roots make all the difference.

John 4:14 ” But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”

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