A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
After spending several days clearing out brush around my home with my oldest son, Jesse, I have a new appreciation for the importance of roots. Roots enable not only a plant or tree to grow but also to make their removal near impossible!
In Colossians chapter 2, Paul seeks to strengthen and encourage believers to be “…rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” The Greek verb “rooted” is in the perfect tense referring to an action in the past that has existing results. Therefore, having taken root in Christ we are to be strengthened and full of praise. For this to occur, we must make every effort to place ourselves under solid Biblical teaching.
Just as the health of a plant or tree is tied to its root system, so is our spiritual health and vitality. Each day, take a moment to reflect on whether or not your words and actions demonstrate a life that is rooted and grounded in Christ Jesus. Then make the most of every opportunity to sit under right teaching, so you will not only grow but also remain intact when your roots are tested and pulled.