Roots are one of the most important parts of a tree. A tree’s roots are what anchor it in the soil, keeping the tree from falling during extreme weather. The roots keep the tree straight and give it stability. Water found in the soil is absorbed into the tree through its roots. And the nutrients and chemicals that are necessary for the health of the tree, for its growth and development, are taken from the soil through the tree’s roots. Without roots growing down into the soil, a tree cannot survive.
In order for our faith to survive, we need divine roots. And our roots need to grow into divine soil. That divine soil is Jesus Christ. When we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and begin to follow Him, we need to allow our roots to grow down into Him, we need to allow our lives to be built on Him. When our roots grow into Jesus’ divine soil, our faith will not just survive, but it will also grow strong in His truth. The result will be thankfulness that will overflow from us (Colossians 2:6-7).
When we allow our roots to grow in Jesus, we are anchored in Him. And when we are anchored in Him, no storm of life will be able to make us fall. We will be like the wise builder whom Jesus taught about, building our lives on His firm foundation (Luke 6:48). When we allow our roots to grow in Jesus, we will trust in Him and allow Him to keep our paths straight and give our lives stability (Proverbs 3:5-6). And, just as a tree’s roots take from the soil the nutrients and water that the tree needs to survive, when we are rooted in Christ, He gives us all that we need to survive. Jesus is the Bread of Life and, when we come to Him and allow our roots to grow deep in Him, we will never be hungry and will never thirst (John 6:35).