In our last post I said, “By letting God go deep into our hearts, by letting him search and try us, our lives gain depth. Only as we first go deep can we gain height. A seed must go down, before it can grow up.”
Paul illustrates this truth in his letter to the Colossians. The Colossian church was full of new believers in Christ. Consequently the believers were spiritual immature and in danger of not attaining their full potential in Christ. Paul, deeply jealous for their lives, exhorts them:
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live you lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Col. 2:6-7, TNIV).
Paul knew it wasn’t enough for them to just receive Christ; they needed to be rooted and built up in him. Only then could they bring forth the fruit that would be a light to the world; only then would their lives bring glory to God. The first Psalm illuminates how this rooting and strengthening takes place:
“Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.” (Psalm 1:1-3)
This Psalm teaches us that our roots start going down deep as we separate ourselves from the world’s way and begin delighting ourselves in God’s Word. As God’s Word becomes our continual meditation (our joy and treasure) we become like a mighty tree planted by rivers of water bringing forth fruit in the right season.
When we are like the righteous man described in Psalm 1 we will be able to stand the heat that Jesus referred to in the Parable of the Sower. In that parable Jesus used the imagery of the sun to illustrate testing. The same light and heat of the sun that brings growth to one plant may bring the downfall of another. Light not only causes people to glorify the heavenly Father, it also exposes the true nature of a person’s faith. When you go deep in God you will be able to stand the intense heat of testing.
Prayer: Father, I want to go deep in you. May I be like a tree planted by rivers of water. May my roots go deep in you. May I drink in the rain of your Spirit. I want my fruit to be a light to the world, in Jesus’ name.