I will never forget the first time I saw a picture like THIS. Like looking through some magic scope that shows us what is hiding under the earth. As if the root system of a tree can be seen, growing deep and intricately, with the naked eye. While we walk by and see the trunk and crown of massive trees, the hidden root structure is just as impressive – stretching seemingly forever underground.
It’s no wonder that trees seldom fall. The roots are an anchor, holding the tree firm and strong through storms. But roots do so much more than simply offer the tree stability, roots are it’s source of life. The root system takes oxygen, water, and nutrients from the soil and transports them to every part of the plant.
Roots store energy, created through the process of photosynthesis, and protect that energy for such a time as when the plant needs extra support. Roots stimulate the soil and help life within the ground flourish. Roots prevent erosion. Roots are essential to the longevity and healthiness of all plants. Their strength and significance is unrivaled.
I have to imagine this might be what the Apostle Paul and Timothy were considering as they wrote Colossians chapter 2. I can almost visualize them, heads together, with hearts in agony over the church of Laodicea. Trying to find the right words to encourage this group of brothers and sisters in love and with truth. Then looking up and seeing… a tree. Firm. Strong. Beautiful.
In Colossians 2:6-7 we are reminded that once we’ve accepted Jesus as our Lord, we must continue to follow Him. To let our roots grow down into Him. To build our lives on Him. To give our faith the opportunity to grow strong in the truth we’ve been taught.
Let your roots grow down and, as a result, experience an overflow of thankfulness.
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And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7 NLT
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