Sunday, June 27, 2010

Deeply Rooted in Christ

Hello and happy Sunday!! In my Bible reading this morning before church I read this: "I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes..." Romans 1:16. As Christians, we are called to spread the Good News to all as Jesus is Returning soon. I think about the opportunities I have to do just that... spread the Word of God and although it's an every day calling, I thought I'd take this Lord's Day to share how the Lord spoke to me today.

We've been enjoying a potential new pastor at our church these last couple of weeks and today's sermon was really good. Pastor spoke about being "Deeply Rooted in Christ" and compared it to a plant that is deeply rooted, and how when the roots go so deep, it can "stand the heat" -- it's like it says, "bring it on!" The plant doesn't die, nor it's leaves even wither! But if the roots are close to the top of the soil and not deep enough, it will struggle and it will eventually wither in the "Heat."

This is much like people. Colossians 2:7 says, "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." How do we let our roots grow in Him?? By digging into His Word! And by doing so, we develop godly characteristics... and then we can "bear fruit."

How do we know if our roots are deeply planted?? One way to tell is how we do when "the heat is on." Do we wither and crumble and struggle for water?? When the troubles come, ... we lose our job... our child becomes very ill... our friends seem to turn on us... we didn't get that pay raise... our house won't sell... what is our attitude?? If you worry about money, feel worthless that your friend rejected you, worry that you won't make enough money to live the way you're accustomed, then your roots are prolly not very deep!

What about the proverbial "Chamelion Christian"? The ones that seem to be good Christians (on Sundays) but during the rest of the week, they change to fit in with the company they are in. Maybe they teach a Bible Study at church on Sundays, or lead worship, but then on Tuesday when they are with their non-Christian friends they talk about getting drunk and using swear words. Those who speak the Words of God on certain days but their actions show otherwise. Maybe they make wonderful Scripture cards to display on Sundays and then during the week they are making cards with questionable (ungodly) themes. These are things that an unblieving world finds "unbelievable." Of course none of us is perfect. Even Christians make bad choices at times. But if we are rooting ourselves in His Word, then we will set our hearts on things above and give up doing the things of this world.

How deep are your roots? How hungry are you for "living water"?? If they are deep, then our actions will match what we say we believe. If they are deep, then we will have a spirit of thankfulness in all things. This doesn't mean that we are to be thankful FOR those situations, but that we can be thankful "IN" those situations. What can we be thankful for when hard times hit? For God's Love that will never fail us. That no matter how tough things get, that we don't have to worry... our heavenly Father is in control and has a plan for our lives and "He works all things for good to those who trust in Him!"

There's a song I also want to share about God's love for us, although I don't remember all of it. I bought a cassette tape when I was a teenager by Lisa Whelchel (Blaire on "Facts of Life") and the chorus went like this...

Lord how HIGH, how DEEP, how WIDE
is this LOVE of YOURS
for our minds can't measure
the treasure You hold in store,
Lord how HIGH, how DEEP, how WIDE
does Your heart extend?
"Just as HIGH and DEEP and WIDE
as Your LOVE that has NO END!"

The pastor today encouraged us all to make this following Scripture (Prayer for the Ephesians) our prayer this week... for our church family. And I want to extend this as my prayer to all my Christian sisters of "Ink Something" as well.

"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. " Ephesians 3:14-19

Have a blessed week!!

7 comments:

Sue @ McMahon Five Designs said...

Amen!

Lorie said...

Wonderful post. More amazing is the fact that as we go through periods of trial and pain we grow even more rooted in Christ so that we can and will respond in a Christ-like way to the next crisis or difficult situation. I'm thankful that I'm able to grow and change in Christ and don't have to remain in the state that I am today. Thanks Kris!

Candace said...

Kris, this was such a beautiful devotion. Thank you so much for sharing with us! Hugs!

Becky said...

Wonderful devotion. For those who are rooted in Jesus, know it is a Privilege to suffer, for it is to purify us, molding us into the image of our Savior.

Kathy Winter said...

Awsome devotion Kris. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

peggysue said...

Beautiful devotion! Great words to ponder this week. And I hope the new pastor works out! So true, how deep are our roots?

Laura - Layers of Color said...

What a blessing you've shared this morning, Kristine! Thank you! This has been something wonderful to pray on today!

HUGS!