The unseen strength of deep roots

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6And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7Let 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

When I walk through the North Shore forests or even the Pacific Spirit Park here at UBC I am often in awe of these trees.  They are massive. They have been here longer than I have been on the earth. And they will likely be here after me.

Supporting that massive biomass is a system of roots extending deep into the ground. For the most part I cannot see these roots. But I know they are there.

So it is when we see a person who is persisting in their faith with Jesus. When you see a person who is bearing fruit in their life both in their Christian maturity and their ministry know this: they have deep roots into Christ Jesus. He is their life. He is their source of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Jesus is the source of the ministry fruit: encouraged hearts, changed lives, people coming to know Jesus, people considering the existence of God. He is the source of their wisdom in leadership at home, work, school, business, community or even their nation. He is the source of their courage. He is the source of their gratitude even when life seems to be serving up difficulty.

Get rooted into Jesus. Time. Never underestimate the power of daily driving your roots down into Him through dry times, through storms, and even in the days of plenty. Meet Jesus daily through His Word and in prayer.

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