Rooted and Built Up

May 11, 2018

Colossians 2;6-7…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.

            If you are not abounding in thanksgiving, perhaps you aren’t walking in the Lord. We are to be rooted and built up in Him. Are we? 1. Rooted… This is the mostly unseen part of our relationship. Most times, when looking at plants, we don’t see the roots. It’s like the foundation of a house, not readily visible. And yet, how necessary are the roots to a tree? At our last house, we had a huge oak tree. It would take two men with long arms to reach around the trunk. The canopy of branches was larger than many houses. It appeared that roots were no longer necessary. But, it was through the roots that the branches received nutrients and life; they just weren’t visible. And as a side benefit, the roots provided stability which kept the tree from toppling over. The root system in your life provides you with nutrients which you need for living and it also protects you from storms and winds. The not-so-visible part of your relationship with Jesus is absolutely essential. That is private, between you and Him and could easily get ignored. Don’t do it. Pray in your closet. Pray to be heard by God, not to be seen by people. Appreciate, and receive from, your root system.

2. Built Up… With a solid root system… we are then ready to be built up. You and I may tend to like to be built up in the eyes of others but without roots, we will fall down in a storm. When a tree gets big, it is dependent on the roots as much as when it is growing. In fact, it is built from the roots up. The big oak tree about which I spoke earlier, needed roots and sun on the leaves to be healthy. He sun dried the leaves and they called for water. The roots grab water out of the soil and send it to the leaves along with the nutrients of the soil. The sun is essential but does not, by itself, provide all the nutrients needed for health. We have a worldly phrase, “flash in the pan”. When someone is a flash in the pan, he, or she, is a short-lived wonder. He shines bright for a brief moment but quickly fades. He had his 15 minutes of fame. We tend to want that in life. We are enamored with the idea of fame and are willing to only have it briefly.