Winter has its advantages. On the surface we experience the colder temperatures, but there are things happening down under the surface that are critical for the next season of fruit. As I pointed out, dormancy is when the roots take up nutrients that are stored as energy that is needed for the developing shoots in early spring. At the same time, there is “Root flux” when there is more than normal root development taking place.
What does this mean in our walk with the Lord? This is where the inner life of our walk with the Lord is so critical. We are deepening our roots in spending time with Him, receiving instruction from Him, and letting Him feed or “renew” the inner man (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 4:16; Ephesians 4:23). This internal process goes against our human nature. Naturally, we figure that the more people see of our “Christian performance”, the more we are bearing fruit. Not so! It is the unseen work of the Spirit who is constantly seeking to enlarge our roots in Christ, the highways of spiritual nutrition; storing up in our hearts the knowledge of Christ that is only gained by secret time with Him.
If your highway of spiritual nourishment has been cluttered with other priorities, it’s time to take a “winter break”, repent and allow your roots to go deeper and become bigger through the teaching and communion of the Holy Spirit. God will take care of the outer evidence of your walk with the Lord. This inner development is more important, essential and critical!
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