We have given attention to seeds in the last few blogs. Once a seed is planted in the ground, there must be the right combination of water and warmth from the sun. The seed, which God has made with life in itself, will respond to these conditions and germinate or develop. In that process, the seed first puts out a root into the ground in order to draw up water and nutrients so it can grow into a plant upwards and eventually bear fruit.
How does this apply to the Christian life? Paul helps us grasp this concept in Colossians 2. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving” (2:6–7). As a new and growing disciple, we must first make sure that we are putting our spiritual roots in Christ our Savior. It is in Him we are built up, “established in the faith” and become mature.
This must be the goal of every believer, not only individually, but collectively as the Body of Christ; “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). No one is excluded from this goal of growth until we are all mature in Christ. All must first put their roots down deep in the truth and principles of Scripture.
Becoming a disciple is a ‘rooting habit.’ It is our responsibility as leaders in the Church to be ‘disciple makers.’ Jesus left His disciples with that command, “Go…make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). Paul made that function a part of his evangelizing and planting churches (Acts 14:21). This must be a core principle we follow; helping believers be “rooted and built up in” in Christ.
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