4th October 2018

The Root Cause 

“You are God’s garden and vineyard and field under cultivation.”
1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMPC)

All gardeners are aware of roots, because a healthy root system is essential for ongoing sturdy growth and beautiful plants. Good balanced soil is also essential for plants to feed on, as well as light and of course adequate moisture.

Surprisingly, if we take a close look at the Christian life we will discover that all these ingredients are also essential for healthy, growing and maturing followers of Jesus Christ, because bringing forth good and abundant fruit is a major goal of this lifestyle! This is amply explained in the above scripture—we are a work in progress by God; but perhaps we should consider these other scriptures to get a better understanding of how our Father brings this about.

The Apostle Paul writes about roots: “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down deep into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is” (Ephesians 3:17-18 NLT).

John the Apostle informs us about light: “This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in him at all…But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:5, 7 NLT).

John also mentions water in his gospel writings, notice these words of Jesus: “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive” (John 7:37-39 NIV).

As I mentioned earlier these ingredients (A strong root system, good soil, lots of water and light) will cause us to grow in the Garden of God and bring us to maturity in the body of Christ, allowing us to reflect the love, compassion, mercy and kindness of our Father, in Jesus Christ. Finally, again, in the words of Jesus—“When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father” (John 15:8 NLT).

Prayer
Loving Father, help me to send my roots deep into the soil of your amazing love, that I may grow more like your Son each and every day.
Amen

Study by Cliff Neill

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About the Author:
Cliff Neill is an Elder in Grace Communion Church Luton.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion Church Luton
Farley Hill Methodist Church
North Drift Way
Farley Hill
LUTON
LU1 5JE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 10:30am

Local Congregational Contact:
Harry Sullivan
Phone: 01908-582222
Email: harry_sullivan@wcg.org.uk