My mind has been consumed for the past month or so about the importance of roots. Spiritual roots to be more specific. To better clarify this point, I did some research on the importance of roots. I found it interesting, so I thought I would share it with you all.
Roots serve to anchor the plant to the ground. Thus, the deeper the roots, the stronger the tree is. In many ways, this correlates to our spiritual walk with God. In Matthew, Mark and Luke you will find the parable of the sower and the seed (Matthew 13, Mark 4, and Luke 8). In Matthew and Mark, the disciples ask Jesus to explain the parable to them. He states that the seed fell upon stony ground and because they did not have no root in themselves, they withered away. In each case the Lord said, “he that hath ears, let him hear.” I found it interesting that He ended the parable this way, so I dug into it as well. It seems that the Pharisees and Sadducees were spiritually lazy, they closed their eyes and ears so that they could not hear the truth of the parables. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Roots allow the tree to bring moisture and nutrients to the leaves and branches. It literally sustains the life of the tree. Again, it correlates with our spiritual life. Psalms 1:3 states that, “he will be like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Verse 4 states that the wicked is not so but is rather like the chaff that the wind drives away.
The stronger the tree, the deeper the roots. Roots do not only anchor the tree or provide nourishment via the roots, but it is good for the soil as well. Roots keep the soil in place. It anchors the good soil and helps limit erosion. Erosion is defined as the gradual destruction of something. In our walk with God, storm will arise. However, if we have deep, spiritual roots, our faith in God will not erode. The importance of roots can’t be overstated. If we are ever going to grow in the Holy Ghost, we must put down roots. Only then will we grow spiritually.
Wind may howl, the waves may crash, but God is able to walk onto the storms of our lives and whisper: Peace be still. Each time the parable of the sower is recorded, the soil is referenced. A tree can’t grow in stony soil, nor can it grow where there is no earth. It doesn’t grow when the seed falls to the wayside. A tree will only grow in good soil. The roots keeps the good soil from eroding away. It is no wonder that when the Word of God falls on good ground, it effects every part of the tree and the area around it.
It is my wish that the Word of God will impact my life but not only mine but everyone around me. After all, the purpose of a tree is to provide oxygen for other living things to enjoy. May God richly bless you all.