Thus was he fair in his greatness, in the length of his branches: for his root was by great waters. (Ezek. 31:7)
Root is the quintessential part of the tree or plant buried in the earth that draws necessary nutrients for the growth and sustenance of the tree. It is typical therefore to expect a strong tree to in effect have strong root and vice versa.
The validation of trees strength and stability is apparent during storms or strong winds. It appears the “super bowl” drama for trees roots is “super storms”. It is noteworthy to ponder and contemplate this for a minute. Consider this, it is not visibly apparent (except may be for Botanist or tree specialists) to appraise the root of a tree because; first, roots are not visible being buried in the soil, also roots typically grow downwards, deeper and further from “us” and of course appraising the root may require uprooting the tree which (if care is not taking) may terminate the life and existence of the plant or tree. So caution is necessary here.
Alas, storms and strong winds are the chief examiner for trees roots, without respect, bias, prejudice or preference, a strong wind will sweep over a vast plantings of trees and pronto the texture and strength of the trees are verified and exposed. Trees with strong and enduring roots will “play, dance and clap their hands” in the storm, un-perturbed, baffled or rattled rather joyful but weak plants which had hid their weakness in the soil, clad by thin covering but are without roots, with dazzling shoots are so soon gone with the wind; rooted out and driven away like the chaff and their places know them no more.
Beloved, God requires that you and I are “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” (Col. 2:7-10).
It must be noted and understood that our authentic root is our trust and reliance on God’s Word communicated by His Breath, understood by the spirit, taught by His Spirit. Selah
The Lord says, “Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. (Jer. 17:5-8)
Beloved, the storms and strong winds of life come to the Saints and the Sinner, the goose and the gander, but respective roots are the validator and justifier of who wins.
Please Be Rooted…trusting God completely.
“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. “ Matt. 24:42
”Watch” is our assigned role, function, station or mission. It is the necessary task about which one is both responsible and accountable. It is the premise for evaluation, appraisal and compensation. Notice, the ‘watch’ is assigned and not chosen. Someone higher or superior in ranking is charged to assign the ‘watch’ and his denoted to appraise the work done. We need to gain clarity here.
It is urgent aand cogent to therefore grasp clearly our “watch”. What is assigned for me to do? This is very important. It is not what one does that is important as what one is assigned to do. Take for instance, a child with as assigned homework from School, helped by his/her elder sibling to solve the Math; notice the elder sibling is not assessed on the same task he helped his younger sibling solved. In fact, he may do poorly in his/her assignment while the helped sibling does well. This is the point; we are assessed squarely on our ‘watch’ – assigned task.
Notice what Lord Jesus advised; “Keep watch”; remain committed to the task until the Assessor (Judge) comes to evaluate and certify your task and grant his remark and commendation.
The Bible painted a sordid outcome of someone who left his ‘watch’ thus; “But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matt. 24:48-51)
Beloved, God comes to check on us on our respective “Watches”, He comes at a time we do not expect and the hour one is unaware, whereas we are expected to keep the watch and aware of the fact…He comes.
The notice here is simple; “Therefore keep watch…”
We must identify our life’ assignment and be at it…knowing of the Lord we shall receive a reward if we do not faint. We should not be found idle, indolent or slack. Neither be busybodies; for “…they get into the habit of being idle and going about from house to house. And not only do they become idlers, but also busybodies who talk nonsense, saying things they ought not to.” (1 Tim. 5:13 NIV) The cunning effect of busybodies is far reaching and very disturbing. The leave their ‘watch’ to deprive, disturb and detour others who are managing and keeping their ‘watch’.
Identify busybodies in your life’ watch and avoid them. Do not let anyone distract you. Note how Nehemiah replied his distractor; “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer. (Neh. 6:3-4 NIV)
Beloved, stay on course, keep the watch. Jesus said; “Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household to give them their food at the proper time? 46 It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 47 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. (Matt. 24:45-47). Stand upon the watch!
He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Mark 8:24
It is inconceivable to allude that Jesus would perform a task inaccurately, incomplete or imperfect. The wisdom and competence that attest and accompany all His works are far exceeding to the verification metrics of mortals who themselves are product of His marvel.
About the marvel of God’s works, The Psalmist witnessed, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” (Psalm 149:13 KJV).The doings of the Lord are marvelous, awesome, excellent, exceptional and wonderful. There is no unfinished, incorrect or incomplete doings of God…notice this Psalmist said, “…marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” We all need to know the content and composition of God’s doings right well. God does His Works fearfully and wonderfully; with zero recourse for recall. That is our God.
It cogent and thoughtful therefore, on our part to pause, meditate, investigate and extrapolate the riches in the context of the question Jesus asked and the response of the blind man about his first vision. Consider this; “He (Jesus) took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” (Mark 8:23). Notice Jesus was upfront and intentional about His question, He knew something was being shown to the (now) “sighted” man and he wanted the man to affirm what is being shown to him; really and evidently. The man replied, “…I see people; they look like trees walking around.”
Beloved, though we (people) are not trees; the picture is illustrative of God’s appraisal metrics of everyman. God evaluates every one of us with the familiar and cultural evaluation we give to trees. Akin to the traits, features and attributes of fruitful tree; so does God evaluates every man’s progress and produce in life, Ministry, career and calling. The fruit (now) being the results we generate for God’s glory and pleasure.
Our Lord Jesus puts this thus; “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful…This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. (John 15:1-8 NIV).
God looks to our lives for fruits (results) that honors and pleases Him, otherwise unfruitful trees (persons) are hewn down. Jesus warned, “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (Matt.3:10 NIV). How are we (you and I) doing?
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (Col. 2:6-7 KJV)
Root is an integral part of a Plant; the necessary anchor that provides stability and sustenance for it. Root is so basic and necessary (to the Plant) that it is the first and initial protrude of a seedling. It is that part that attaches the Plant to the ground to draw nutrients including water and nourishment for Plant. It is the lifeline for the Plant.
As Kingdom citizens, Paul was keen and careful about the Colossian Christians having Root. He was assured that their being rooted would build and establish the Saints in the Faith to the good abounding in the same with thanksgiving. We must pause and examine the verity of this truth to validate the texture and template of our growth in the Faith with the test control of being “built, established and …abounding therein with thanksgiving”.
The profound and reflective proof of a rooted Christian is the thanksgiving that accompanies his/her learnings in the Faith that causes growth and stability to be imminent. This is a necessary implement to foreclose any thought or recourse to the former lifestyle from which he/she has been rescued. Abounding therein with thanksgiving is the proof of root in the Faith
Psalm 1 typifies the Christian life trend with the planting of a tree and graphically illustrates the growth and resplendence of that lifestyle with the sustenance and nourishment delivered/drawn by root of a tree from the ground upon where it is planted versus the tossing, wandering and nomadic trend of the wicked (who does not know God). It says, “Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example], Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of [b]scoffers (ridiculers). But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And on His law [His precepts and teachings] he [habitually] meditates day and night. And he will be like a tree firmly planted [and fed] by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season; Its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers [and comes to maturity]. The wicked [those who live in disobedience to God’s law] are not so, But they are like the chaff [worthless and without substance] which the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand [unpunished] in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.” (Psalm 1:1-5 AMP).
Notice, sinners will not stand or company with the righteous because as a chaff; without root or anchor, are not established in the Faith and are therefore tossed and driven by the wind.
Beloved, let us grow downward (inward) upon the teaching and true doctrine of Faith in the Word of God, taught and interpreted by the Spirit of God who Himself inspired and motivated the writings and preservation of the Bible and thereby grow up in Him. Take Root