Huge Yet Weak
“Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:7-9 (NLT)
Last year after a hurricane, when we went around our neighborhood to see the aftermath effect, it surprised me to see the huge trees ripped off but the trees which are lean and small stood the hurricane. Then the Holy Spirit spoke to me showing the fallen trees that “the strength of the roots matter.” Comparing this to our spiritual life, it is always good to check the health condition of our roots in Christ. Sometimes there might be chances that after living as a christian for certain years, mind gets used to the routine. We may be reading the Word everyday, praying and serving but actually not in connection with Jesus. It is often good to question and check ourselves. Am I enjoying the fellowship of Jesus every moment, listening to the sweet small voice guiding my every step? Do I still have that first love in my heart? When was the last time I shared my testimony? Am I bearing the fruits (Galatians 5:22-23) evidently that others could witness in me? The trees which were ripped off in the storm are so enormous. When someone looks at them before the storm, they may not even guess that these will be ripped off. Sometimes, God allows certain storms in our lives just to show our ‘spiritual status’.
The mind sometimes deceives saying, “You are doing great! You know the Bible well! You are serving the Lord in the church!” However the reality is, we can know the Bible in and out and be active in ministry without actually being in connection with Christ. The branches and leaves of our tree may look big and thick from the outside but Problems always bring out our real character and the roots strength of our faith. What is the storm you are going through right now? How is your attitude in that?
— Shabna Nikhil