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.