Posted: Wednesday, March 28
Because roots are out of sight, they are often out of mind. We overlook their importance. Roots can we overlooked as to their significance to the health of the plant. I recently read a report from Colorado State University that said 80% of all plant disorders include soil / root problems. 80%!
What if that was true in our lives as followers of Christ? Could it be that 80% of the problems we face are due to a lack of spiritual roots? I believe so.
Just like on the surface we don’t observe the roots of the plant, so the roots in our lives are often hidden.
Roots help keep us stable and growing in a sustainable direction. Roots give us nourishment. It’s also been discovered that roots fend off diseases and viruses by fighting pathogens in the air and in the soil. In Matthew 13 Jesus makes it abundantly clear that without roots we may thrive for a season but it will be short lived.
How intentional are you about growing your roots? Here are some roots we should consider:
Bible & Prayer: There was a major study of church congregations conducted around 2006 and the result found that the number 1 indicator of whether a Christian was consistently growing was based on their ‘chair time’, time reading scripture and talking to God each day.
Serving: This same study indicated the 2nd greatest indicator of growth was a regular commitment to serving in the church. If you haven’t discovered your place of serving than this is a missing root in your life.
Church: When God saves us he engrafts us into a local body of Christ. Magnificent growth happens when we plant roots in a church and commit to serving and building relationships over the long haul. Compare the fruit of the person who has attended 1 church over 20 years to the person who has jumped around to multiple churches over that same time period. There is no comparison in the fruit or maturity.