So, why did I name this blog "Deeply Rooted"? Well, I actually kind of wrote something about it already. It's about a verse that I read this summer that has challenged me almost everyday. I hope you don't mind, but I'm going to copy and paste my previous "blog" about it. :) My prayer is that through this blog you will be able to see God working in my life and be encouraged and strengthened by it. Here is the post:
It wasn’t until this summer that I realized the power of this forgotten system that keeps the trees standing in the wild Michigan seasons.
In the beginning of the summer I did my own little study of Colossians. I read and re-read Colossians; I’m not really sure how many times. In typical fashion, God always showed me something new that I swear was not there the first time. Colossians 2:7 seemed to be the one verse that stuck out the most, and just so happened to be the cornerstone verse that shaped my whole summer.
“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving."
HA! What an incredible verse.
What does that even mean? The roots, the very essence of who you are, the core of the person on the inside planted in God— fixed on Him, having a firm foundation in Him. To be rooted in God is the firmest foundation that someone can have. Think about it. In the natural, we see trees everywhere, especially in this beautiful state; what is at the bottom of every tree, roots. When we see a tree, it is solid. When the wind blows, it is not shaken. When the seasons change, the tree stands strong. When the storm comes, the tree cannot be moved. Why?
What is the one thing that will hold a gigantic tree up in the fiercest of storms—roots. What nourishes the tree through all kinds of weather—roots. What is the very source of life in a tree—it’s roots. A-ha, it is not much different in the supernatural. God is the source of life, He is the strong tower, we can run to Him in any kind of weather and any kind of storm and He will shield us, when we are down and dreary He nourishes us. When our roots are planted deeply and firmly in Christ, then it does not matter what happens in the circumstances around us, because we know who we are. Because I know who I am. I know who God says I am, I know that no matter what, the love of Christ will never fail me. I know that my roots are planted in a ground that will never falter.
I know that my roots, the very essence of Annie Jones are firmly fixed upon the only One who has never let me down, the only One who has never failed me, the only One who has never lied to me, the only One who has never left me no matter how much I deserve it—Jesus. My roots are in Him, and my life has never been better.
When I made the decision to truly plant my roots and continual fix my eyes on Jesus, it was like I hit this whole dimension of God that I never knew was possible in the 15 years that I’ve been a Christian. I was finally in a position where God could use me on levels that He could not use me before. Summer 2010 was the most rewarding summer of my life. I have this sense of who I am in Christ that is unshakable, because my ROOTS are in Him. But it’s not just a one time thing, the verse says to be continually built up in Him, and to become increasingly MORE established in the faith. It never stops, it is a process of learning and growing, but it starts with the root system.
I encourage you today, to establish yourself in Christ, to begin the journey of letting your roots be planted in Christ. It is more then just claiming to be a Christian and making a few facebook status’ about God—because we all know enough of those people. It is SO much more than that. It is about being secure in who Christ says you are, it is about having a real relationship with God, and living in a way every single day that represents your love for Him. It’s time to take your life to the next level, get rooted in Christ. I promise it is the best thing you will ever do.
Thanks to all of you who helped me along the journey this summer, especially all of the En Fuego students and leaders...you are an example of people rooted in Christ and such an encouargment to me!*
There you have it folks...May you be encouraged to be deeply rooted in the God who loves you very much. More to come later!