Three years ago when my family and I bought our house, we noticed that some weeds in the backyard were beginning to choke and kill some of our trees. After one summer of slowly ripping the weeds away from the trees, all the way to the ground, the trees began to thrive again.
Last summer, because I did not take care of the root system, the weeds began to grow back. So, I spent the greater part of that summer tearing up the ground to dig out the roots. Thus far, the mission has been a failure. This particular weed has an elaborate root system and it is proving to be quite a difficult task. The roots sprout and go in every direction, and I am unable to find the main root. The part of the weed we can see is not that extensive of a problem to take care of, but the root system sure is.
The concept of the weed and the root holds true for all of us. Unless we are deeply rooted, we are easily "uprooted". The burdens and experiences in life will quickly and extensively tug us from our foundation, leaving us lifeless and withering.
I once was intrigued by the idea of growing bamboo to achieve some privacy as well as a wind barrier for our house. As I read about how to grow the bamboo, I found some interesting things about it, so much so that I felt it was best not to even try it. Nothing visibly happens with the bamboo for three years once planted. Everything is happening underground. After three years, the bamboo just takes off. Roots and shoots sprout throughout the year. If one is not careful, the bamboo can completely take over a yard.
Just as roots need nourishment to thrive, we too need continual nourishment to be built up. Just as roots can be deprived of this nourishment, the same can happen to you and me. By spending time in God’s Word, either alone or in groups, our root system is being nourished. As we spend more and more time with God in prayer and in worship, His will for our lives will continue to grow deeper and stronger. As a result, fruit will begin to pour out of our lives. As you care for your root system, you will be a productive vessel for the Savior, which lasts forever.
Why do people easily fall into sin? Why do some waiver in their faith? Why do some even forsake their faith? The root system is weak. Period. If those same people had taken the necessary steps to foster the growth of strong and deep roots, the outcome would have been different. Maybe only the petals or the leaves would have been snipped. Maybe only the stem would be bent and manipulated. If we let them, our troubles can prune us rather than defeat us.
Colossians 2:6-7 "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness."