THE ROOT OF THE RIGHTEOUS (Pt. 1)

“The root of the righteous yields fruit. “(Proverbs 12:12 NASB)

My father was a horticulturist. He grew flowers. Chrysanthemums were one of His specialties. He was not just good at what he did but He was recognized for his unusual “green thumb”.  I still remember with pride seeing my folks picture on the front page of a half-page feature story in our local paper,holding those beautiful flowers.

What was the key to his success? Among many things that I recall were the way he would place several tiny plants in a pot together. Their spacing and the depth of their planting determined how hearty the Chrysanthemum would be.  In other words, The subsequent budding and flower was determined by a healthy root life.

There is a parallel truth in relation to the life of the believer. The ability to flower & bear fruit is in proportion to our root life. The prophet Isaiah uses this beautiful image regarding His people, “The surviving remnant of the house of Judah will again take root downward and bear fruit upward.”(Isaiah 37:31 NAS).

Here are some thoughts for establishing a better root system for maximum fruitfulness this year.

GET PLANTED

Find a community of God-fearing folks who are committed to God and His Word.  Without a continual connection to people who love God and want their lives conformed to the image of His Son,Jesus Christ, there will no roots to establish your life. “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord will flourish in the courts of our God”(Psalm 92:10).

GET INVOLVED

Find out what God would have you do.  There must be a balance between your “being” and “doing” for God.  Sometimes people’s root life can wither simply by always “taking in” but never “given out”(Over-watering a plant can destroy it’s roots).  But by involving yourself in the life and needs of others helps you build strong and healthy roots. The apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord”(1 Corinthians 15:57 NAS).

GET A VISION

A God-given vision must be bigger than your individual world.  You must see through God’s lense as it were.  God will show you how you can participate in what He is doing in the earth.  That vision generally comes when you take time to pray, asking for the heart of God.  When you have asked God for your personal concerns(Family, friends, job and so forth),stay open to His needs.  This often comes by being available for those “God-moments” or assignments that are brought before you when you really were “on your way to do something else”.  The Lord Jesus lived His public life available to his heavenly Father’s inner voice and direction. Perhaps this is what the prophet Isaiah meant when he wrote“The LORD GOD has given Me the tongue of disciples, that I may know how to sustain the weary one with a word.  He awakens Me morning by morning, He awakens My ear to listen as a disciple.  The LORD GOD has opened My ear; And I was not disobedient nor did I turn back.”(Isaiah 50:3-4).  It is not a little thing to say that God has arranged His universe in such a way that “Others wait for our participation in God’s plan of redemption”.

GROW DEEPER

Wherever you were on your spiritual journey a year ago is not your standard for this year.  Let your roots go deeper into the river of God’s life. “The righteous…will flourish like the palm tree”(Psalm 92:12a NAS).  The palm tree can grow in desert-like conditions because its tap root will go deep down into the hot barren soil and wrap itself around a rock; in order for it’s roots to spread out, and be sustained by deep desert springs. Don’t let those dry spells or times of feeling isolated define your growth this year.  Wrap your roots around the Rock of our salvation, Christ Jesus.  May you take advantage of those times of trials to grow deeper in God; being sustained by the hidden springs of His life and His love.

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