How deep are your roots? How healthy are they? As a matter of fact, where are your roots? Maybe it’s time for a root check up.
We talk about roots in different ways. Often, we talk about roots in relation to people’s place of origin. These are the places that nurtured you and are such a part of your foundation that they continue to nourish you and inform who you are. In some ways, you can’t get away from them. But, what about your spiritual roots? Are they healthy or in decay?
Your spiritual roots matter and here are 2 ways to know when they’re in decay.
Your spiritual roots are in decay if:
- You’re beginning to respond to people’s positions with passion, forgetting that the person presenting them is someone whom God loves and for whom Jesus died. Thus, you make remarks or post comments on social media that do a good job of taking people down and showing that you are smart. However, you show no love.
- In your youth ministry, you’re more about the program than the youth. When things don’t go smoothly and/or when they act up, you’re angry with them for spoiling your plans. You’re not concerned about what may be at the root of their behavior or about them as persons. Your love for them has faded.
The love test is important. It’s a sure sign of decay. However, there’s a way to fix it.
Fixing your spiritual roots
Fix your spiritual roots with this prayer from Ephesians:
I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:16-21).
Being rooted and grounded in love with the Triune God working with power on the inside will fix that decay. Make this your daily prayer.
(This blog post is adapted from the post, “Roots,” on MissionandYouth.Com, by Claire Annelise Smith)
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