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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Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
Psalm 143:8-10 Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Daily D – Psalm 142:5
Psalm 142:5 Then I pray to you, O Lord. I say, “You are my place of refuge. You are all I really want in life.”
Daily D – Ezra 3:11-13
Ezra 3:11-13 With praise and thanks, they sang this song to the Lord: “He is so good! His faithful love for Israel endures forever!” Then all the people gave a great shout, praising the Lord because the foundation of the Lord’s Temple had been laid. But many of the older priests, Levites, and other leaders who had seen the first Temple wept aloud when they saw the new Temple’s foundation. The others, however, were shouting for joy. The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance.
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 35:22-25
2 Chronicles 35:22-25 After Josiah had finished restoring the Temple, King Neco of Egypt led his army up from Egypt to do battle at Carchemish on the Euphrates River, and Josiah and his army marched out to fight him. But King Neco sent messengers to Josiah with this message: “What do you want with me, king of Judah? I have no quarrel with you today! I am on my way to fight another nation, and God has told me to hurry! Do not interfere with God, who is with me, or he will destroy you.” But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo. But the enemy archers hit King Josiah with their arrows and wounded him. He cried out to his men, “Take me from the battle, for I am badly wounded!”
Daily D – 2 Chronicles 32:31
2 Chronicles 32:31 However, when ambassadors arrived from Babylon to ask about the remarkable events that had taken place in the land, God withdrew from Hezekiah in order to test him and to see what was really in his heart.