My consistent prayer is that my faith continues to grow and my doubts to be minimized.
The Scriptures tells us that we only need the size of a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20), but it seems that the mustard seed can be so easy to lose these days. But, we have to remember, that faith is more than a feeling. When we want to give up on our faith, that is actually when we must decide to dig in our heels. We must choose to be rooted.
What is Being Rooted?
So, what does being rooted mean? When I think of being rooted, it reminds me to hold on or to be planted, even in extreme circumstances or conditions.
Dictionary.com defines rooted as firmly implanted. I also used the Blue Letter Bible to look up the biblical meaning of root. When used as a verb, “root” derives from the Greek word rhizoo. Strong’s Dictionary defines being rooted as becoming stable. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon describes being rooted as “to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded”.
Ultimately, If you are seeking to be rooted, you must understand that it is a commitment to God and your faith. It is not the easy way out. When things get tough and discouraging, we have to choose to stick it out with Jesus.
There are three scriptures that come to mind in order to understand the commitment that will be needed for this Christian faith and to stay or become rooted.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Ephesians 3: 16-19
Read below on how these verses are key in helping you become deeply rooted.
Being Rooted Firmly
If your goal is to be deeply rooted in the Christian faith, you have to have a made up mind to do so. I immediately think of 1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV, which says
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
In extreme weather conditions, you may not be able to imagine staying put in the midst of a hurricane or a tornado. However, our faith has to be able to withstand extreme conditions.
We have to be deeply rooted or stand firm on the Word of God. Even, when the world around us is ready to fold. Even, if our friends and family don’t understand. The truth is, today’s Christian, may find themselves on the opposite side of popular opinion. So, being “immovable” or standing firm can be hard.
If we use our weather example again, you can think of all the meteorologists and news reporters that have to cover severe weather. You have probably watched these reporters in the most dangerous conditions, but they are suited up. Rain, wind, sleet, or cold air – reporters are still doing their jobs. But, they essentially are immovable. To do this life as Christians, we cannot be any different.
We have to ask ourselves, “Can we stay focused on Jesus long enough not to be swayed and not give up on our faith?” The second half of 1 Corinthians 15:58 tells us the best way to be rooted is to work for the satisfaction of God and focus on the purpose.
What we do is for God. When we begin to understand this, we will not be as disappointed when people are dissatisfied or reject us. And, just like that weather reporter, we may actually help somebody else with their faith.
Being Rooted in Christ
Colossians 2: 6-7 (NIV) says this:
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
If you are trying to grow in your Christian faith and stay the course, the key to being rooted is to always come back to Jesus. You have to make sure that Jesus is your foundation.
I was in my 30s before the scriptural saying “faith without works is dead” (James 2: 17) really struck me. Because I don’t mind putting in “the work”. But, for me, I had to understand that faith HAD to be the foundation. We cannot do anything without Him. We can become tired and frustrated with the things that God calls us to do, when we forget where our help comes from (Psalms 121:1-2).
Think, Peter and the walk on water. When his eyes were not focused on Jesus, he felt himself slipping. If you find yourself becoming weary in well-doing, you need to take a step back and have a talk with our Heavenly Father. You need to assess if your thoughts and actions are truly being led by God. If they are, then that’s great. But, if you need to re-align, do so.
Secondly, make sure that you are not carrying the load in this life by yourself. If you feel constantly under pressure, overwhelmed or just ready to give up, this could would be a sign that you are not deeply rooted in Christ. The Word of God says that we are to cast our cares and burdens onto Him ( 1 Peter 5:7; Matthew 11:28)
So, be sure you are taking time to study the Word of God and to know more about Jesus. Our personal study can really help your spiritual roots to grow and creating a life where Jesus is center.
Being Rooted and Grounded in Love
Ephesians 3:16-19 is such a beautiful passage of scripture to me. In fact, I would say Ephesians 3:18 is one of my favorites.
16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. (NLT)
But, verse 17 is a reminder that we must have love in our hearts in order to be rooted. We must have love for God and all of his people. And, on some days that can be really tough (Well, the people, part lol). Yet, God commands us to do so.
This passage also reminds us that God’s love for us is immense. Although Paul says that it is too big for us to comprehend, we can always inch toward a greater understanding. You can always pray for God to help you see yourself in His eyes. When we remember that God loves us, we can rise above our trials. We can have joy in the midst of circumstances.
When we remember that God loves us and all the things that he has done for us, it will help us to not walk away from our faith so quickly. As I get older, I often think back about the things that my Mom sacrificed to give me a better life. While she was living I did as much as I could to show her how thankful I was. Even now, I try to honor her memory.
Since God is our Heavenly Father, when we continue in our faith and commit to growing spiritually, we are returning his love and showing thankfulness for what He has done.
Being Rooted: Final Thoughts
I hope that those three scriptures encourage you today to continue with your Christian faith and dig in even deeper. The process of being rooted takes
Commitment – You have to stand firm
Dependency on Christ – You need to keep Jesus at the center
Appreciation of God’s Love – You have to accept God’s love and operate in it
Lastly, I wanted to leave you with another scripture that I have been holding onto, when life tries to uproot me. It is my reminder to stay rooted.
Galatians 1:10 says
Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Lord, whomever is reading this today. I pray that you help erase all doubts as it concerns this reader’s faith. I believe this reader wants to draw closer to you, just like I do. As we get ready to plant our heels into the ground, we want your love to take root. Equip us to do the work that you called us to do and the ability to withstand the storms of life. Let us lean into our calling with joy and enthusiasm. In the end, we want you to receive all the glory and pray that you will be pleased with us.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
P.S. You may want to check out 11 Ways to Strengthen Your Faith on more tips on getting rooted in your faith.
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