Daily D – Colossians 2:6-7
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)
My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And your living spill over into thanksgiving.
We spent the weekend with our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter in the high desert of California. Their yard is similar in nature to the fine gravel used on walking paths. Only the hardiest plants live and thrive there. Four Joshua Trees stretch their arms to the sky in the backyard. Varieties of cactus stand here and there. Agave adds color to the front yard.
Our son has planted several large, flowering plants along one fence line to create a beautiful border between their property and that of their neighbors. One of those plants is not thriving and may not survive. It sits in the same soil as the other plants. It receives the same amount of water. The sunshine practically never ends. Yet it appears weak and likely to die.
Our daughter and son-in-law recently put in a new yard, this time in front of their house. They put new grass in the backyard last year to the delight of their puppy who had spent his first year living in an apartment and visiting a small dog park a few times a day.
New yards in Fort Worth require daily watering and good fertilizer to make the roots sink in quickly.
Paul the Apostle tells us we are to sink our roots down into Christ. The way to thrive and grow and become all we can be is to bloom where we are planted. We will not thrive if we do not allow our roots to sink into the rich goodness of Jesus. The good result of becoming deeply rooted in Christ is an overflowing thankfulness. Gratitude is inevitable and natural when we know Jesus as a friend and not merely as an acquaintance.
The oleanders our son planted will spring up, spread out, and produce beautiful flowers when they become deeply rooted even in that arid land. The more deeply rooted we are in Jesus, the more beautiful our lives are for all to see, even in less than ideal circumstances.
How well we thrive in life is largely based on where we sink our roots. Those who thrive best are those who sink their roots in Jesus. One who does thrives even in the harshest of circumstances. Autumn is here. Winter is coming. Now is the time to sink your roots deep into the vital nourishment of Jesus.
I will thrive as I become ever more deeply rooted in Jesus.
Our Father, I want to grow strong in the truth I was taught. I want to live a live overflowing with thanksgiving. I want to thrive. Sink my roots deeply into Jesus. I want to live and to grow in a manner demonstrating the beautiful effects of your grace and mercy. Amen.
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Deuteronomy 8:12-18 When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery. He led you through the great and terrible wilderness with its poisonous snakes and scorpions, a thirsty land where there was no water. He brought water out of the flint rock for you. He fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your ancestors had not known, in order to humble and test you, so that in the end he might cause you to prosper. You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm his covenant he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.
Deuteronomy 6:4-9 “Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates.“
Deuteronomy 1:2, 3 It is an eleven-day journey from Horeb to Kadesh-barnea by way of Mount Seir. In the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first of the month, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to say to them.