The Bible tells of Jesus being the root for all who believe in Him. We, Christians, are the branches of Jesus’ tree.
The most important thing to note is that the “root” is what gives life to the tree (Jesus) and its branches (us). In gardening, if the root is not planted properly deep within the soil, the tree will not grow properly and will not be as strong; if not planted properly, the tree is weak.
In order for us to grow and mature in Christ, we must have Christ in our hearts. His Word must be implanted and deeply rooted within us so that we know which way to go in this life. Life hits us with some many unexpected situations that sometimes it is hard to keep focus when all you seem to be going through tests your faith to the nth degree. Since we are the branches, we should remember how God gives freely to us and pours His grace and mercy on us. We have to take the Word that is stored in our hearts and use it in our minds to make sound decisions as Jesus directs our daily lives.
God’s faithfulness towards us is what keeps our branch from tearing off the tree in hard struggles, thus thunderstorms in our lives.
So, I challenge us to constantly read and know His Word, through His Holy Bible.
I must clear the air because some Christians feel that they do not need to use The Bible because it has been written and re-written in the days of old. I ask you, how then shall we know God’s Will for us, what He requires of us, how we have access and the authority He has given us if we do not pick of His Holy Bible?
The Bible is compared to a road map and/or a instruction guide to your life. It is no different that the instructions on how to put a piece of furniture together. You can try to disregard the instruction manual, but you run the risk of not putting the bookcase together properly. You may be able to build it and feel no instructions are necessary, but trust me, if its something like a piece of furniture from IKEA, then you and I both know that if you don’t have the proper tools and follow the instructions to the “T,” the piece of furniture will not turn out to last.
So it is with reading The Bible. You cannot read the Bible without asking God to show you how to properly interpret what He is saying within it. You can’t read it like its a novel, you have to want to read it like your life depends on it, on Him. We can’t know the instructions or direction our lives should be going if we do not pick up His Word and ask Him for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
The Challenge: Pray to God, through Jesus the Christ, and the Holy Spirit will pray for you. Pray that you gain wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. Allow Jesus to minister to your Spirit so that you may be able to endure the hardships and withstand the temptations that come to us expectantly and unexpectedly.
John 15:5-8 NIV | New International Version
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Jeremiah 17: 8 NIV | New International Version
“They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Psalm 1:3 NLT | New Living Translation
They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.