May I ask you a question? If we’re rooted in God’s Word, submersed and soaked in it, not just touched by it, are we most useful to God? Although hitting the ground running as Christians seems noble, does rooting ourselves in his Word, becoming one with him make more sense?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
Before Winter set in I planted grass in an area of our front yard. I selected some seed that grew well in shaded areas, and just weeks before the frost struck I sewed the area, raked it in and began the watering process. Since I really needed to get everything done prior to a freezing frost, I anticipated several choices at the time. I could give the area a deep watering or two, cover it with straw and make sure I beat the frost. The other choice was, using a soaker hose, take as much time as possible, repeat the process several times and, well, let nature take its course. I chose soaking. Those seeds were fat and soaked before the snows came, ready to sprout to life when the warm rains of springs arrive to wake them up.
The reason I took this course, having done my research, was because I discovered that a soaked seed quickly breaks root in the spring and puts down a deeper root than a seed planted without soaking.
As Christians you and I are like those seeds. If we’re rooted in God’s Word, submersed and soaked in it, not just touched by it, we are most useful to God. Hitting the ground running as Christians seems noble, but rooting ourselves in his Word as a priority makes more sense.
Oswald Chambers wrote.“You have no idea of where or how God is going to engineer your future circumstances, and no knowledge of what stress and strain is going to be placed on you either at home or abroad. And if you waste your time in overactivity, instead of being immersed in the great fundamental truths of God’s redemption, then you will snap when the stress and strain do come. But if this time of soaking before God is being spent in getting rooted and grounded in Him, which may appear to be impractical, then you will remain true to Him whatever happens.” (My Utmost for His Highest, October 19)
The gospel writer John wrote. “Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.’” Jesus was sewn by his father into this world of sin and turmoil. Choosing to soak in the will of his Father and plant deep roots of faith among those who believed, his course was one of diligence, not opposition. This must be the course we follow as well; turning our eyes toward him and soaking ourselves in him, becoming grounded deeply in his goodly grace and humility. Where our impulse is to pick up the Sword of the Spirit and strike out for the truth, the better course is to put hand on sword hilt, ready to be called into battle when and where we are needed. There is no place for ambition in the Kingdom, only deeply rooted good.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for a relationship in Christ that is deeply rooted when we ground ourselves in your Word. Christian zeal likely compels us to act with aggression which is often out of place. Forgive us when we put our ambitions before your will for worship and the incredible power of your Spirit to work through us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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