“The seeds that fell on rocky ground are the people who gladly hear the message and accept it. But they don’t have deep roots, and they believe only for a little while. As soon as life gets hard, they give up.” – Luke 8:13 Contemporary English Version
You know how well can a plant grows? It needs enough nutrients from good soil, sunlight, water and deep roots. When a plant has little roots, and when in shallow soil, it may initially sprout and look good, but it doesn’t last. The plant withers quickly because they don’t have deep roots.
There are 4 functions of deep roots:
1) Absorption: help the plants to drink more water and supply nutrients of good soil to the plant.
2) Anchoring: to support and hold the plant to be firm and strong
3) Storage: store food and nutrients from the soil
4) Reproduction: depending on the concentration of the absorption of nutrients, how strong the roots determines how fast the shoots can grow
Besides deep roots, good soil provides nutrients to the plant through roots for it to absorb good nutrients. A plant also needs constant fertilising and watering under sunlight, in order to grow strong and well.
- If you want to be healthy and strong spiritually, you need deep roots.
2. If you want to stand firm under harsh conditions, you need deep roots.
3. If you need fruits, you need deep roots.
Basically if you want to grow, you need deep roots.
1. Grow… from strength to Strength
2. Glow… from Glory to Glory
3. Go… And bear Fruits
Take home points……
1. Deep Roots
Oftentimes we hear the Word of God, we don’t take the time to let it sink deep: We can get excited but act superficially; We can be sensitive to HS but react emotionally; We can tune spiritually but move impulsively. It shows that we don’t allow the Word to really change us deep inside. A person with deep spiritual roots is a deep person, not a shallow person, where you can withstand the tests of times; when somebody in your family gets sick or somebody dies, the trial doesn’t blow you away, because you’ve got roots, anchoring deep. Our faith in God must be deeply rooted in our understanding of the character of God. It is through knowing the character of God from feeding on His Word that we grow in our faith
2. Good Soil
Good soil provides: (a) a conducive environment for the roots to grow deep, (b) good nutrients for plants through absorption of its roots, (c) a strong support bed for the roots to anchor. But good soil needs constant ploughing in order to bring fresh nutrients to the surface, otherwise it will be dry, harden and barren.
3. Enough water and sun
All plants needs enough water and sunlight in order to grow well: Plants need water for photosynthesis and the sunlight to process it. Similarly, photosynthesis is akin to renewal, we need to water ourselves with the Living Water (Jn 7:38) and Son-light in order to grow renewed.
Trials, tests, and your weaknesses give you the best answer:
1. What kind of soil is your heart: Barren, unploughed, shallow or rich soil?
2. How deep is the root of your faith?
3. How is the quality of your Quiet Time: Do you take the time to allow the Word to sink in by meditating upon it? and apply it so it can change you? Remember, knowledge without application is abortion.