Several years ago, I decided to plant some new plants in my front yard. I went to the hardware store and purchased my plants and prepared to put them in the ground. But first, I attempted to dig up an old tree stump. Living in Florida where we’re quite susceptible to hurricanes, people are used to having trees blow over in high tropical winds. A few years earlier, a category 3 hurricane had toppled this tree and I had simply cut the trunk down to the ground. Now it was time to dig it up.
I’m not sure if you’ve ever attempted to dig up the root ball of a tree, but let me say right here that it’s hard. With a shovel, an ax and a chainsaw in hand, I worked for hours hacking and sawing away, getting no closer to dislodging the taproot from the soil. Instead, I planted my new plants around it and covered the area with pinestraw.
Colossians 2:6-8 says, “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. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”
Just like a tree that receives nutrients and stays rooted to the ground, when we live in the teachings and love of Jesus, we stay firm in him and are built up. Our spirits grow, our faith expands, our love multiplies. Jesus is our hub, the center of our lives where we draw all of our strength. We must fight the urge to follow earthly philosophies that are only rooted in the traditions and faulty wisdom of man and begin to think and act like Jesus in order to blossom.
Today, the roots of that old tree are still under the ground. Not water or rot or even termites have been able to destroy them. And we can be like that as well. A life focused on Jesus is a life that’s strong till the end. Stay rooted in Christ and you’ll be amazed at how much you grow!