Roots in the Bible (and in Our Lives)

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Roots are a very important part of plants – they bring up nutrients from the soil and help to support the plant. In the Bible we can see human lives compared to roots (both bad and good). Some are…

…Dried up roots because of wickedness and evil deeds (Hosea 9:13-17).

…Rotten roots because the word of God was neglected, despised, and rejected (Isaiah 5:24).

…Underdeveloped roots from the temptations and cares of the world (Matthew 13:5-6; 20-21).

…Roots about to be chopped off because of unfruitfulness (Matthew 3:8-10).

…Roots of bitterness which spring up and cause much trouble (Hebrews 12:15).

…Dead roots from false religion, pulled up and discarded (Matthew 15:13; Jude 12).

…Roots of righteousness and love which are well established in Christ, well watered, and aid in producing fruit (Proverbs 12:3, 12; Jeremiah 17:7-8; Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 2:17).

Our “roots” have a lot to do with who we are and how we live. What do your roots look like?

“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving” (Col. 2:6-7).

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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