Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.
Ephesians 3:17-18 (NLT)
Roots are crucial to the health of a plant. It is the way that plants get water and nourishment. Jesus used plants and roots as a metaphor for our spiritual life. He pointed out that “where” you put your roots can make all the difference in the world. Jesus shared about the futility of sowing seed on a path where the roots can’t grow. This represents the evil one stealing away the truth from our hearts. He says some seed falls on a rocky area where the roots grow quickly but shallow, and the plant soon dies. This represents a lack of commitment where spiritual fervor doesn’t last long. Finally, Jesus shared about the seed that falls in the weeds where the competition for the roots steals away nourishment. This represents the cares of this world or the lure of wealth taking us away from our walk with Christ. Instead, Jesus said we must plant the seed on good ground. In Ephesians, Paul is praying for the church that we would let our roots grow deep into the love that Christ has for us. How do we do this? By opening our hearts to Christ’s influence and trusting in Him. To mature in Christ, we must spend time in good soil. We must pray, read His word, and meditate in His presence. Where are your roots? Are emotional issues leaving your faith malnourished? Are the cares of this world choking you out? Come to Jesus –let your roots go down deep into His love.
Father, too many of my roots have been shallow. I have not let my roots go down deep into Your love. My commitment has wavered. I’ve let the cares of this world choke me out. Help me today begin to go deeper with You. Feed me, nourish my soul, I pray. Help me know You more, hear You more, and love You more. In Jesus’ name.