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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Corn root
Root system of a corn plant

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"Rooted In Christ"

"So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness" (Colossians 2:6,7).

Today's photo is not usual for this site and likely will not be considered attractive by most observers!  It's a close-up of the root system in a corn stalk.  The Creator designed corn with two root systems; an inner, primary root (seminal) and as the corn develops a network of brace roots (nodal) for stabilization. With downpours, heavy winds, and other adverse conditions it is vital that the thin slender stalk has this strong dual root system to survive till harvest.

Ginger rootAlthough we eat a few roots such as carrots, potatoes, beets and radishes, we give little thought to the root system. I've never viewed them as a thing of beauty, but roots are absolutely vital to a plant's health. To the left is the ginger root.

Let's consider the word "rooted" from our daily text this morning. Paul draws on a familiar agricultural analogy. Perhaps he had in mind the teaching of our Lord, who warned of the deadly spiritual condition of rootlessness in the Parable of the Sower. Jesus said of the seed that fell on rocky places, "but since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away" (Matthew 13:21).

Roots are also a vital part of the believer's life. Our daily verse tells us we are to be "rooted and built up in Him."  The Greek word for root is "rhizoo" and suggests stability, nourishment and life derived from contact with Christ ("in Him"). As a plant's roots sink deep into the rich soil for long term stability and nourishment, so too we should root our faith deep into sound Biblical doctrine and solid spiritual food that comes from knowing Christ. These well-nourished roots will keep us strong forever and forever.

In Christ we find life-giving soil and a sustaining foundation. However, we have the responsibility to implement the means of grace that God has ordained for our "rooting." We all need a good, solid, ever-growing root system that reaches deep into the spiritual soil for the nourishment and stability that God has graciously provided. This will render us both faithful and fruitful.

Developing and maintaining a solid spiritual root system is an active, lifelong pursuit of reading, studying, meditating and memorizing God's Word; regular communion with God through prayer; sharing with others of the good things of God; influencing others to come to faith.  As we grow in Him there is more and more that Christ reveals to us through spiritual leaders, everyday experiences, trials, and life's circumstances. One of the greatest ways we deepen our roots is by our Christian service and obedience to Christ.

Are you rooted in Him? Are your spiritual roots expanding deeper and broader? I thank God for the inexhaustible supply of spiritual nutrition and stability available to the believer who is "rooted" in Christ!  

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Lord, we are so very grateful that our family roots are not the sole source of who we are nor does it dictate what we can accomplish. Our spiritual roots, because of our well-grounded faith in You, goes much deeper and spreads much broader. We are able to accomplish the impossible and overcome life's difficulties because our roots are connected to the Miracle Worker. May the water of Your Holy Spirit quench our thirst and the spiritual food from Your inspired Holy Word satisfy our hunger causing us to grow in spiritual maturity. We remain safe and securely rooted in You, Lord, though the winds and storms may shake us from time to time. It is in You that we live and move and have our being! Amen.

Corn silkHere's an interesting verse concerning Solomon: "He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of walls. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish" (1 Kings 4:33).

We are enjoying an abundance of locally grown corn. When I shuck sweet corn I am often annoyed by the messy, clinging silk that has to be carefully removed. Each silk is attached to a kernel and is the Creator-designed means of pollination without which we would not have juicy sweet kernels!  So remember, for every silk there is a kernel. A pleasant way to think about it is this; the more silk the more delicious bites of juicy corn you get to enjoy.

Corn on the cob

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Jesus Saves!"  Video  Church Choir

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