Well Rooted

Luke 17:6

So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.”

Well, it’s not a mulberry tree and I’m not planting them in the sea but they were pulled up by the roots and replanted.  Now, I looked over them yesterday as I stuck them in the ground and said “Now Grow” and hopefully they will obey.   I don’t think that is exactly what the Lord was saying ……………. or was it?   Some would say that I have a “green thumb” so I do have faith in the gift the Lord gave me to nurture my garden and produce beautiful things.  Things that will bring me joy and peace.  I have faith in that.

The plants I uprooted were well established, well rooted, and I totally mangled their root system.  Is that what sin does?   Whether it’s our own sin or the sin of others, we can be well rooted, our foundation can be firm and sin swoops in and mangles it all up.  But wait! Just like those plants have me to love and nurture them back and help their roots get strong again, I have Christ that will do the same for me.  That is faith! I have faith, that regardless of what swoops in and tries to mangle my well rooted faith, Christ is going to protect me, nurture my roots, give me a shot of root booster, trim off the shame, guilt, hurt, pain or whatever else the sin left in it’s wake.  Christ will do the same for you.  Where ever that sin has taken you, no matter how mangled you are believe, have faith in Him.   You may not have a green thumb but you do have a God who loves you.  So have faith the next time sin swoops in and let your well rooted faith take over.

This is also true when we’re being called to step out there in faith to walk a path that will bring Christ glory and bring others to Him. A path that we may feel under qualified for but one that Christ has already qualified us for.  Have the faith that He will not call us to step out and leave us hanging out alone.

Lord, I’m letting my faith lead me on Your path. Amen!

 

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