Fresh Hope – 31st January 2019

The roots of a tree are undervalued. We admire a tall, strong tree from what we see on the outside, but what in fact nourishes the tree, sustains it, gives it stature, growth and beauty is the root system established deep within the ground. In a world that often applauds and adores that which we see on the outside, developing a deep, strong root system in our lives can seem unprofitable. It seems more beneficial to focus on what is seen on the outside.

Paul talks in Colossians about being ‘rooted and established’ in love. God is love! In other words, let your private life, your inner life, the parts you don’t see on the outside, be deeply rooted in Him. In the wording of The Passion Translation, Your spiritual roots go deeply into his life as you are continually infused with strength, encouraged in every way. For you are established in the faith you have absorbed and enriched by your devotion to him!’ (Colossians 2:7-9).

We are all looking for lives that are enriched, encouraged and strengthened. Our answer in not in fluffing up our leaves (what we see on the outside), but is found in the private place of our hearts, in the strengthening of our innermost parts through Him…from the inside out! Then we can expect glorious fruit, stature and strength, AND be a safe haven, a resting place for others.

Take the time and make the space to focus on the inner workings of your heart. Strengthen your inner man in God. Dig your roots deeper this year, rather than focusing on external modification, and anticipate the growth!

Emma Burchell

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