God’s will for each and every one of His children is that we be rooted in Jesus Christ. I think of the roots of a tree or the roots of a tooth. The depth of the roots determines the strength or health of that object. For the disciples of Jesus Christ, we find our strength and spiritual well-being by sinking the very roots of our soul deep into Jesus.

We are exhorted in Scripture to be rooted and built up in Christ (Colossians 2:7), as well as rooted and grounded in His love (Ephesians 3:17). Not only are we to be rooted in Christ, but we also discover as we look at Scripture that it is Jesus Himself who is the Root of our faith, for He is the Root of David (Revelation 5:5, 22:16), and the very root of our forgiveness. Scripture prophesied of this Root of Jesse that would come and be the One in whom the Gentiles would trust (or, hope – Romans 15:12). It is by our abiding and trusting in our Root Jesus Christ that we are able to bear fruit (Proverbs 12:12), and find the strength to hold our ground during times of testing or trials (Proverbs 12:3). We develop these roots in Jesus by being in His Word, prayer, worship, and fellowship with other saints (Acts 2:42-47).

The rest, which is the outcome of being rooted in Jesus, is nothing short of glorious (Isaiah 11:10). On the other hand, the peril of not being rooted in Jesus is not only a life that is withered and tossed by the trials and hard times of life (Matthew 13:6,21), but is one of eternal uncertainty as well.

Keep it simple, guys. The key to being rooted in Jesus is to draw near to God (James 4:8), and walk with Him moment by moment (Galatians 5:16).