Be Deeply Rooted And Then Rise To The Heavens!
To be built up in Christ we must first work on our roots. Becoming deeply grounded in the knowledge of Him and our relationship with Him. Then we have a strong foundation to grow and build on.
A mighty oak does not say when it is a mere sapling, "I'm really tired of this growing thing, I'm never going to be big and strong, so I think I will just stop soaking up the rain." Or, "I'm good enough right where I am, I don't need to get any better." No, the tree continues to take in all the needed nutrients and continues to grow, with persistence. even when getting strong takes years.
The roots continue to expand deeper and the tree rises upwards.
The tree does not complain about the stage it is at or the growing pain. It just grows. We can go through our journey of growth with thanksgiving. Appreciating each phase, knowing that God is doing a good work in us.
As we continue to abide in Christ and grow, we add virtue upon virtue.
"And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity." 2 Peter 1:5-7
We're saved through Christ and Christ alone. But, to grow up in him requires diligence, a continual work of progress. Ever learning, ever growing. God did not give us this life to just survive it, to sit and stagnate. No, He wants us to grow.
What virtue do I need to work on most in my Christian walk, right now, to expand my roots deeper in Christ?
I want to stay rooted deeply in You. Help me to work diligently to continue to grow adding virtue upon virtue. I know that You have so much more for my life than what I currently see. Help me be persistent that I may be ready for all the plans and work You have for me. I know that the words I speak and the work I do with my hands will come back to me.
"A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him." Proverbs 12:14
May I be diligent in planting the good seed that pleases you so that I may bear good fruit always. Remind me to be disciplined and persistent Lord.