Dictionary.com defines rooted as having roots. Root means to implant or establish deeply. The Greek word for rooted in Strong’s Concordance is rhizoo (G4492) -to cause, to strike root, to strengthen with roots, to render firm, to fix, establish, cause a person or a thing to be thoroughly grounded. In John 15, Jesus says that He is the true vine, and the Father is the husbandman. “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit….Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me”. Jesus says that I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing(no-thing). If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is cast forth withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If (is conditional which means it’s based on certain conditions or requirements made) ye abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. In the natural, a branch cannot live separate from the vine as it cannot draw the required nutrients from the source and grow. So it is in the Spirit if we are not connected to the True Vine, we are unable to tap into our spiritual nutrients, develop and produce fruit (the qualities and characteristics of the Holy Spirit). Oh-but, if we stay connected, we begin to grow. In the process of developing and bearing fruit, the Father removes the unnecessary, unlovely parts of our character so that we resemble Christ more and more.
We need to be close to the Father’s heart. With so much chaos and turmoil in this world, He is our only constant! If we are not rooted in Christ and in God’s word, we won’t be able to withstand the great shaking that is coming and is going on the world. Just look at the parable of the two builders in Matthew 6:24-27. Jesus says that those who hear/read His sayings and does them He compares them to a wise man who built their house upon a rock. When the rain came, and the floods came, the winds blew and beat upon that house. The house did not fall because it was founded on the rock. Now for the other man who built his house on sand, his outcome was different. The rain descended on the house, the floods came, the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell and great was its fall. We can’t make it in this world without God and the word of God. Death, disease, lawlessness, racial tensions and all that is happening in the world is overwhelming and if we’re not careful we can become discouraged, depressed and hopeless. But we must have our hope in Christ and in the word that is yet alive. Let us take a look at the parable of the soils in Matthew 13:3-9. When the word is sown, it falls on different types of ground (hearts). “The sower went forth to sow. Some seed (word) fell by the wayside, and the fowls came and devoured them up. Some fell upon stony places where they had not much earth, and when the sun came up, they were scorched because they had no root, they withered away, some fell among thorns, and the thorns came up and chocked them out.
Other seeds fell on good ground and brought forth fruit at different levels”. Jesus explained the parable as such, when anyone hears the word and doesn’t understand it, the wicked one (Satan) comes and snatches the word away. The person who received the seed (word) into stony places hears the word and immediately receives the word with joy, but it is only temporary. He has no root, so when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, he stumbles and falls away [“abandoning the one who is the source of salvation”] AMP(Amplified Version). The one who seed was sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but the worries and distractions of the world and the deceitfulness [“the superficial pleasures and delight] of riches and chokes the word so that it yields no fruit”], AMP. The one whose seed was sown on good ground is the person who hears the word, understands and grasps it; he indeed bears fruit and yields fruit some a hundredfold, sixty and thirty. Let us be the person who receives the word on good ground. Whenever we fall off, we must pick ourselves up and run back to Jesus! Let’s stay connected.
Father, it’s in the name of Jesus that we come to you. Father, we ask that you help us stay connected to you. Lord, empower us by the Spirit to live according to Your will. Open the eyes of our heart and give unto to us a spirit of revelation into the intimate knowledge of You. Help us to see ourselves the way you see us! We love you! In Jesus’ name.
BHM (Bleeding Heart Ministries)