Rooted in Love Part 1 By Teresa Fields
Ephesians 3:16-17 (NLT)
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources [God] will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. 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.”
Did you know that the strength of a tree and its ability to grow tall and majestic comes from its roots? As a young plant, the acorn of a mighty oak tree will send down the taproot into the soil before any substantial growth appears above the ground. A strong root system grows and spreads unseen so that the tree can become tall and support a broad canopy when it is mature.
The same thing is true in the life of a believer. He must develop a root system of trust in God based on the Truth of the scriptures. Once a person is born-again, the real growth begins. The Holy Spirit has made his spirit alive in Christ, but the new believer is undeveloped in the knowledge of God and the ways of God. The only reliable knowledge of God comes from His Word and the revelation that the Spirit brings from the scriptures. So his roots must grow down deep as he learns to trust that God loves him, cares for him, and has a plan for his life.
The Word of God develops the believer in his new nature. In Psalm 1, verse 2, the blessed man is the one whose “…delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night.” Even if it is not practical to carry a Bible every place you go and constantly read it, you can think and ponder and meditate on the Truths that you have read in the early hours of your day. It is even beneficial to ask the Holy Spirit to show you how to apply the scriptures as you read them. This is the process of developing a root system. You become determined that your thoughts, decisions, words, and actions must be based on God’s Word.
The result of delighting in the Word of God is stated in verse 3: “And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].” This is the picture of a mature believer who is well-nourished in his heart and mind and is fruitful in what he does for the Lord.
All of us can aspire to be like the tree firmly planted in rich soil that is bearing fruit and blessing others. It takes diligence in reading the Bible, spending time with God in prayer, and giving yourself time to grow on the inside before it is evident to others on the outside.
Be Planted In His Love,