This is an interactive lesson, so if you’re game, stop reading and go grab a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil (or, if you want to be really creative, a couple of crayons.) I’m going to write about roots again. Go ahead and draw the trunk of a tree.
In Isaiah 37:31 (NIV), God said of His people, “Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above.” I think God wanted to remind us that we need roots before we get fruits. Roots do plenty of growing underground, often before we see any results. Matthew 7:16-17 says, “By their fruit you will recognize them… A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” We want good fruit, but we need good roots first.
Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit;” (John 15:5). Jesus is our taproot, the main root out of which our support roots spread.
Draw a long root straight down from your trunk. Label it Jesus.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness” (Colossians 2: 6-7).
Draw two roots out from the taproot. Label them faith and thankfulness.
“Withstand him (the devil); be firm in faith [against his onset—rooted, established, strong, immovable, and determined]” (1 Peter 5:9 AMP).
Draw out of the root of faith two more roots. Label them resistance to evil and endurance of hardships.
Connected to the vine, our root system includes faith, thanksgiving, strong resistance to evil, ability to endure hardship. How? Through the Holy Spirit, who is God in us.
This is part of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 3:16-19 (from the Living Bible). “That out of his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you the mighty inner strengthening of his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts, living within you as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God’s children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is.”
Oh, that we might be deep-rooted trees that bear much fruit for God’s kingdom and for his glory!