I am a compassionate person – to a fault. And I have the gift of hospitality. Not always a good combination. My husband says, “It’s a good thing we’re not rich – because we’d just be poor.” It’s the truth. We would be. When I am passionate about something, I’m passionate with my whole heart. All in. Feet first. No turning back.
And even though I can falter in my steps with the Lord, my faith never waivers. I know He is there and will always take care of me. He always has. I am blessed to have grown up in a Christian family with Christian parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. Two of my uncles are in the ministry. My cousins are all involved or have been involved in full-time ministry at one time or another. And it is really a blessing when we get together and everyone sits around and we sing our favorite praise songs, as my cousins and brothers play their guitars.
I want my kids to grow up with that kind of passion and excitement about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I want them to have an unwaivering love for Him.
I want them never to be persuaded otherwise.
That’s why this line from the ever popular, Frozen, hit me so hard. “The heart is not so easily changed, but the head can be persuaded.” ~ Grand Pappi, Frozen
There is so much truth in that statement.
Our heads can lead us in all kinds of directions…sometimes very bad directions. Of course, we may stumble upon the right path every now and then, but are we truly following that path? Or are we are still wandering…aimless. Lost.
Have you ever thought about the roots of a tree? The Bible frequently references the fig tree.
“He struck down their vines and fig trees, and shattered the trees of their country.” Psalm 105:33 (ESV)
The fig tree has the deepest roots ever recorded – over 393 feet. Jesus obviously knew the fig tree was a strong one, which is why he references it so many times. And why fig trees are mentioned as being destroyed during times of destruction. It was a big deal, because they were solid. Firm.
But when God’s word is seeded in our heart and watered by abiding in it daily…it takes root and becomes a part of us.
“Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit…” Proverbs 27:18 (ESV)
So, if we root God’s word in our hearts like the fig tree, His words will be strong, sturdy and deep. They will not be easily torn out. Our faith and trust in Him will be solid. We will bear His fruit.
But, how can we make sure those roots are deep and not easily torn out?
- Read God’s Word – DAILY. Hiding God’s Word in our heart is the only way to ensure it will take root…deep roots.
- Prayer – Pray in all situations, whether good or bad. Don’t just run to him when you’re in trouble and in need. Praise Him during the good times for all He has done for you. And praise Him in the storms, because He will see you through.
- Practice it – By putting in to practice what God’s word says, our faith will not only be stronger and deeper, but our LIGHT to the world will be brighter.
It is vital to our spiritual life that we keep our heart in line with Christ, otherwise, over time, our heads can be persuaded to make the wrong choices and follow the wrong path. And eventually, it will become more and more difficult for us to determine which way is right and which is wrong.
I want my roots to be like that of a fig tree – strong, deep and unwaivering.
What kind of roots will you have?
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