Today I was watching a couple of guys we hired, to grind stumps in the backyard. Mike cut down 50 trees last winter; got rid of messy madrones and fir trees so we could plant fruit trees and open up the property to some light. The guy used a big yellow machine with a huge circular saw to grind down the stumps and chop up the roots that he could get to. When he was finished, all that was left was a huge pile of finely chopped wood and dirt mixed together. It actually looks like really nice mulch.
The Lord brought something to my attention as I watched. No matter how long the guy worked on the stump, he could not destroy all of the roots. Now remember, the tree was cut down a year ago. You would assume it was dead, but still little shoots of life would pop up from the stump. It was so hard and so deeply rooted, that there was no way to pull the stump out. It had to be ground down to a fine dust and even then, the deeper roots still remained.
Look at Romans 8:35-39:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[j]
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[k] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Wow. When we are rooted and grounded deeply in Christ, nothing can stop us because nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ. When we study the Word of God, we renew our minds, fill our spirits with truth, and grow exponentially. Our roots in Christ go deeper day by day; from glory to glory. No matter what comes against us, nothing can destroy us, we always are victorious conquerors. We are righteous. His favor goes before us, protects us and gives us preference. We are a preferred people, simply because Christ is in us, the hope of glory! And all we need to do is love Him, study His word, and praise Him for all He has done in us. Praise Him for all he continues to work in us. And even if our mortal bodies cease to live in this world, our roots still remain here on earth, and with us in Heaven. Those roots are indestructible and continue to bear fruit.
Let’s work on our roots, let’s love one another as Jesus commanded. To seek first the Kingdom of God builds roots, builds character and gives us peace. Focus on Jesus, look into His grace. Build yourself up in your most holy faith. Blessings.