We will call an end to our “Rooted” series with these few words today. Many of you have spoken to me of particularly enjoying this theme. And it is a good one … as I’ve said a couple of times, it is near the center of the kernel of it all (to use another agrarian reference).
Let’s just think back through some of our themes of the past seven weeks …
– The soils – is your heart condition that of the good soil? Is it more than just a hobby with this faith thing, something you’ll lose interest in over time or with persecution?
– The roots of the tree – are your roots deep into a steady source of nourishment, like a tree by the river?
– Abiding in the vine – are you well-connected to Christ and truth, or do you honestly throw down your own alternate roots system?
– And related to growing among the tares and weeds – are you growing fruitfully even in a cross-cultural setting?
So, in summary, what do we do? We remain rooted. We grow and produce fruit. We seek to influence the field around us. We wait patiently for a final day when all the wrong is set right.
As I shared at the end on Sunday … What I can tell you after approaching 40 years (as a pastor) of having a front row seat in the lives of other people is this: there is a categorical difference in those who are rooted, versus those you can simply see really don’t have a faith component in their lives to fall upon as a resource in times of crises.
You need to be a “prepper” – being prepared for whatever this crazy world brings at you. And preparation is defined as being rooted in God and in his Word, and anything less is a foolish mistake with disaster written all over it.
So, be rooted, don’t be a casual fan. And don’t be a weed in the wheat field. Check your roots, nourish them, and think intentionally about producing fruit in your life and through your service. That is a winning plan.