Do you like gardening?
I’m not much of a gardener and at the moment there are lots of weeds surrounding the meadow that I haven’t had time to cut for a while. When you have to take a weed out of the garden it is a real pain as some have roots that are really deep. Some even start putting down roots if you just leave a stem lying around and gradually they grow and spread and suffocate the nice things you’re trying to get to grow underneath.
Paul tells the church in Colossae that it’s all about the roots. The roots are what allows a plant to live, drawing up nutrients through the soil around. If we have our roots in Jesus and allow him to give us all we need for life, then we will grow in our faith and become the people we’re meant to be.
He goes on to explain a bit more detail about what might go wrong if we aren’t rooted in Jesus. He says we can be caught out by hollow and deceptive philosophy – the things that seem like they’re right, but that are really really wrong. Like, for example, our worth and value being caught up in the number of instagram followers we have. Or that something we’ve done is so bad that God couldn’t possibly love us any more.
Where are your roots? How can you be more rooted in Jesus? Well, a good place to start is by reading the Bible, a bit each day, and spending time praying and asking God to reveal more of himself to you. And it’s a bit about choice too – about choosing that you will draw sustenance from the things that will give you life, rather than choosing instead the things that don’t. Even if they might seem more fun at the time.
Lord God, thank you for the fruitfulness of life when it is rooted in You. Thank you that you came to us so that we might have life in You. Amen
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