Remembering our roots keep us down to earth.
Do you remember the first day you turned your life over to the Lord. I do. It was March 21, 1980. My life was total chaos before that time. I was wavering from church to church continually trying to find the answers in life. I was in college, and trying to fit into the older “in crowd” of friends. But March 21 was different from any other day. It was spring break and a friend from school stopped by for a visit. Something was totally different in her appearance. She somehow has taken on a special glow and the looks of her eyes were different. What could have transformed a once negative personality into a radiant new being?
Barb told me that it was Jesus. She accepted the Lord the night before in a church service. She wanted to tell the world what a wonderful gift she received. Barb was going to visit each and every person she knew during this spring break and share the “Good News of Jesus.” I was number one on her list and she also told me that she is not leaving my home until I did accept Jesus.
Scoffing I listened to her speak, until all of a sudden I felt all the years of torment and burdens disappearing. I started crying and could not stop. “Why is this happening to me?” I started calling out to Jesus and asking him to forgive all my past, my yesterdays, today's and please help me with my tomorrow's. The feeling of floating and giddiness overcame my spirit. I wanted to shout to the world that I am a new creation in Jesus Christ. A whole new being, the old me was forever gone.
Jesus told his disciples in John 15:11: “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
Everyone knows what a dandelion looks like. To some it is a very tasty part of a salad and to others it is a bothersome weed. When a dandelion takes root into the ground, the flower has the strength to blossom and form seeds that can be scattered by the wind. This is much like out life, Jesus is our root, which enables us to blossom, and like a dandelion we must spread the Word of God with our seeds.
“Rooted and based together in him, strong in the faith which the teaching gave you, giving praise to God at all times” (Colossians 2:7)
“So that Christ may have his place in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and based in love” (Ephesians 3:17)
Are you rooted in the Lord?