What does it mean to be rooted? It is to firmly be planted and unmovable. To be rooted is in something is to have firm understanding of what you believe. The question is, are you rooted or not? When you reflect on yourself and your decisions, can you say that are rooted in Jesus? I want to dig into this so we can all learn to truly be rooted in Jesus, and not be swayed by every little thing we face in life.
Jeremiah 17:7 But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It doesn’t fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in the year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
A person who is firmly rooted in the Lord doesn’t sway when trials come. To be a true follower of Jesus, you can’t be easily moved by the cares of this world. Everything we see is going to happen. Matthew, chapter 24 tells us that. That is a whole new post I can write about some time. As followers of Jesus, we are going to be tested and persecuted. Whether we are rooted or not is going to determine if we can handle the tests and persecution we face.
Being rooted will prevent things like fear, anxiety, worry, and any other negative feelings from taking control of you and your thoughts. These feelings are going to happen, we aren’t invincible of course. But being rooted will keep them from taking control over you. We have to trust the Lord, pray, and read scripture. Doing those things, the storms will come but we will not be shaken.
Romans 11:17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the other and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
What this means is, don’t be arrogant and think higher of yourself than you should. We are all children of God, we all have a purpose. If you see someone falling away from God, help them find their way back. No one is better than anyone, and we must remain humble. It is us who need the Lord, not the Lord who needs us. We were given the choice to serve the kingdom or to serve other gods. Be grateful for what is given to you always. That is another part of being rooted, it is knowing who you are as a child of God. There is I say this because of the next verse I am going to share.
Matthew 3:10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
Being truly rooted and trusting God in everything will help greatly with producing good fruit. Don’t try to do things your way because as humans we do fail. We have to learn to put God first in everything we do and the rest will follow. It is so much easier when we seek the kingdom first.
In conclusion, take a moment to reflect on yourself. Ask yourself, is your life reflecting the will of God? Are you rooted in what you believe and are producing good fruit? By fruit, I mean things like your character. Not your career or how much money you make or the type of clothes you wear. I mean the things that define who you are as a human and a child of God. Are you living for the kingdom? I pray that this reaches out to you and helps to open eyes to the things we do, myself included. Thank you for your time and God bless you all!