Storms Will Come! | Colossians 2:6-7
Colossians 2:6-7 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Growing up in Oklahoma allowed me to experience more than a few tornadoes. The “beep—beep—beep” would sound from the television and Gunsmoke would be interrupted by the WKY weather man. He would explain that a tornado had been spotted near Tonkawa and was headed southwest—our way. Sometimes the television beeps were trumped by loud Tornado Sirens that sat on the top of telephone poles throughout our little town. When those suckers sounded; we headed for the cellar!
Even when a tornado does not “touch down” its winds are ferocious. I have seen trees bent with such force that the branches were almost parallel to the ground. Some trees don’t survive such gale force. But the ones that do are the ones that are well rooted.
Roots are the below-the-surface strength of the tree. They provide nourishment, stability, and life. So it is with every believer.
Continuing to live in Christ demands some root building that no one else will ever see and no one but you can ever do. Root building involves personal Bible reading and study. Just like no one can eat a meal for you; no one can study the Bible for you. Root building involves consistent times of prayer. People can pray on your behalf, but no one can personally speak to the Father for you. Service is a root builder. Teaching a class of five year olds may not be the most glamorous thing but few things build stronger roots. Personal and corporate worship is a root builder. We sharpen one another when we are together. Connecting with others is a root builder. When you are involved in the lives of others it’s no longer all about you. Telling others about Jesus is a root builder. It will stretch your comfort zone and take your roots deep.
Storms will come! Those who have taken the time to build roots in Christ will not just survive; they will thrive! The Root Builder continues to live a life of loving Jesus with strength and thanksgiving.