Are you rooted?

Last night, I was sitting on the couch watching basketball and scrolling through Facebook. Ashley was already asleep on the couch and the kids had been asleep for a couple of hours at this point. I tend to stay up later than they do most of the nights since I work from home a few days a week and do not have to fight traffic. 

As I was looking at Facebook, I saw my interesting posts. At this time, I am still amazed at all of the flood pictures that are still being posted. Photos of the Tennessee River near Hardin County and many homes that are still completely underwater. Then, a photo of a tree stood out to me. It was a photo of a lone oak tree standing tall and proud near the banks of the Duck River. What is so unique about this tree? Well, the tree is a 300-year-old tree that has been through many different sizes of floods along that bank of the Duck River. The tree, although had been underwater many times, still stood firm. 

One thing that is unique about this photo is the caption. This tree stood at Henry Horton State Park and they posted the photo of the tree along with the caption, “This 300-year-old white oak tree on the bank of the Duck River inside Henry Horton State Park has survived many high water events. It still stands strong after this last one. A testament to strong roots and a good foundation!”

A testament to strong roots and a good foundation… 

That is a very powerful statement. 

The same statement can be applied to our Christian walk with God. We already have a solid foundation, the Bible, that we can base our faith on. God has everything we need to be faithful laid out in the Bible for us to build our Christian foundation on. Then, we take our selves and plant ourselves in Him. The more we put our faith in Christ, the stronger our root systems become. Getting fully involved with our Christian family can help our root systems get deeper and stronger. The deeper and stronger they become, the harder it is for the world and sin to tear us down. 

We all know people that have a solid, Biblically sound, home congregation and great Christian family but they fail to establish their root system in the church. These people are the ones that are not involved, do not attend services as Christ would want them, and once they leave worship they no longer think of spreading God’s Word. 

You may be one of these people. If you are, the great news is that there is always an opportunity to get your root system reset. Christ wants you to stand tall and firm in His name. You don’t have to wait until Sunday to repent and come back to Christ. His ears are always opened for you to give your life back to Him. 

You may be someone who has never had a solid foundation in Christ and looking to set your roots in with Him. Again, you don’t have to wait until its Baptism Sunday, you can repent of your sins, confess Christ as your Lord and Savior, and someone can meet you and baptize you today so you can start living the life for Christ. 

God is waiting. 
God is Good.

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