Devotions By Jan

Transplant Shock


Scripture for Today: 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.”

Did you know that a tree can feel “shocked” when it is transplanted?  Moving a tree from its original comfort zone to a new location can cause stress with dying branches or brown leaf tips.  That shock may be evidenced by late spring budding or premature fall color.  It can take a year or more for a tree to recover as when moved it will have a smaller root system.  Reestablishing its roots will mean the difference to its survival.

Today’s verse describes how as believers we are rooted in a different soil.  No longer are we in the soil of the world, but we have been transplanted.  Those who have received Christ as Lord and Master live their lives for Him.  Being rooted and built up in Him means that faith is continually strengthened as we learn and grow. Being transplanted from the world into Him is made evident by our thankful spirit.  Unlike the Israelites who longed to return to Egyptian soil when things got difficult, we are to be thankful.

In this new soil, He has given me everything I need to thrive and live a godly life (II Peter 1:3).  I do not need to look over my shoulder at the world’s soil and wonder if it is better.  The Lord has rooted and established me in His love (Eph. 3:17).  Because of His unconditional and perfect love I can thrive and grow.  Rooted in His love makes me strong and beautiful!

Lord, grow my roots deeper and deeper into Your incredible love.

2 thoughts on “Transplant Shock

  1. In our home group fellowship we were talking about a comment by Ravi Zacharias. People with out their roots in God don’t know their purpose for life. My sister was praying before going on outreach that God would lay this question on people’s minds. What is the purpose of life, of my life? She surveyed people on a people highway in Cambridge. What do you think is the purpose of life? They were amazed at the question. They had just been discussing it on their walk only moments before her asking them. She shared using a “Destiny Bracelet” God’s purpose, in her talk she said about the dark bead that represents sin, you have to know how lost you are before you can be found. The mans eyes got big as saucers, he took out his phone and showed her where he had posted those very words on his Facebook. My sister assured him that was no coincidence. It’s as if God was reading his mail, I would say. He was right ready to respond to the salvation message with purpose of a new life in Christ! I don’t know if you can see this. She tells the story in 3 mins. plus one more purpose encounter.
    God bless you.


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