I doubt there is anyone in the world that could honestly say they have no favorite food. I actually have a few – ice cream being one of them. But let’s push this analogy with our subject of roots and their purpose. A tree will grow best and become strong, mature and useful if it is planted near a source of food that will give it the right kind of nourishment; water being a favorite food.
As we saw in Psalm 1, the righteous man “is like a tree planted by streams of water” because he knows that in order to be a strong, fruitful tree, he must place himself next to a source of food that will develop that kind of maturity. The writer of Hebrews points out the difference between ‘milk lovers’ who are unskilled in the word of righteousness…but solid food is for the mature, for those who have their power of discernment trained by constant practice of distinguishing good and evil” (5:13-14). Roots that take in water nourish the tree because it is taken up into the whole tree – put into practice through every branch and leaf.
How seriously have you considered your spiritual nourishment? If you are married and have a family, they are depending on you to become mature so they are properly fed and protected. The same is true for any role you fill in the church. Make sure your roots are in the right place and drawing from the right source so you can discern biblically.
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