Imagine a tall tree with shallow roots. What happens when the wind blows? What happens when all the nutrients have been drained from the earth? What happens in a flood?
A tall, strong tree needs deep roots. Deep roots anchor the tree, protecting it in case of storm or flood. Deep roots can reach down for hidden water in times of drought. Deep roots can spread through the earth looking for nutrients to keep the tree healthy. Healthy roots – healthy tree.
Here, Paul encourages the Colossians to be “rooted and built up” in Jesus Christ. That way, when the deceiver comes, whispering his lies, just as he did in the Garden with Adam and Eve, we will not be deceived. Rooted strongly in Christ, we are more likely to stay standing when the storms come into our lives.
And how do we become rooted in Christ? The clue is in verse 6: “continue to live your lives in him”. Yes, we have received Christ and the forgiveness that he offers, but now we need to continue to live our lives in him, day by day.
Have you spoken to God today? Listened to him? Have you spent time in his word, asking him to give you the wisdom and understanding we read about on Tuesday? Have you confessed your sin to him, brought your failures to him? Have you given thanks, and praised him? Have you talked to him about his plans for your day? Asked for his guidance, his help and his strength?
When everything is going well we can sometimes start to take it easy, relying on ourselves, and assuming everything will always go the right way for us. But if we do that our roots begin to wither and then, when a storm comes, we find ourselves barely able to keep standing.
Make a commitment to strengthen your roots every day, in good times and in bad, by choosing consciously to live your life in Christ. After all, “While you were dead in your sins . . . God made you alive with Christ.” He has given us our lives – now let us give our lives back to him!