When the word rooted swam into my consciousness, I initially felt discouraged, thinking it was God suggesting (maybe gently warning me?) I needed to stay put or might feel stuck, further housebound or constrained somehow, with little possibility of change for the better.
Not a welcome word, or a welcome thought after a year of extra health challenges for me and my husband! Then God gently led me to seek out some Bible verses with the word rooted in them. He opened my eyes to see that far from being limiting, to be rooted in Christ is to be strengthened, built up and set free.
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“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” ~ Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV (emphasis mine)
The verses above suggest building on the foundation of last year’s word of love, emphasising its fathomless richness, fullness and depth, and becoming built up in faith, growing stronger as I abide close to Christ, drawing life’s nutrients from Him.
Just as plants grow vibrant and strong in good soil, if given love, attention, watering, weeding and careful nurturing, so do we when planted in God’s word, rooted in His love and held fast by His grace.
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Being rooted also suggests rest, peace, stillness and stability—all good things to receive from God. Instead of being left on the sidelines and margins of life, God is inviting me to join Him, delve deeper into His grace, learn how to become more established in His love and filled with His Spirit as I rest in Jesus, the Vine of all nourishment and growth.
“When you start to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, you start to get full. Full of what? Full of God. Full of the understanding that no matter what He asks you to do, you can do it. No matter where He asks you to go, you can go. You can live on the edge, because even in the darkest places, light is waiting for you. His love, His light, in you and me” ~ Heidi Baker ‘Into the Heart of God’
You and I are grafted into Christ by His grace. As we abide in Him, we are nurtured, supported, given strength, energy and ability to grow into His likeness. Jesus is our vital lifeline. We are rooted to the stream of Life Himself.
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We can be like the man/woman in Psalm 1:3 and Jeremiah 17:8, who is planted by streams of water, their root system continually drawing refreshment from the clear, flowing liquid, able to withstand changeable weather and fluctuating circumstances and still remain fruitful. That sounds good to me!
“In a state of grace, the soul is like a well of limpid water, from which flow only streams of clearest crystal. Its works are pleasing both to God and man, rising from the River of Life, beside which it is rooted like a tree” ~ Saint Teresa of Avila
What does being rooted and established in God’s love mean to you?
Do you have a specific phrase or ‘word’ for 2017? Please share in the comments below.