Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
We are to be rooted in him.
NLT says; let your roots grow down into him.
AMP says; having been deeply rooted [in Him]
GWT says; sink your roots in him
Weymouth says; having the roots of your being firmly planted in Him.
Christ is the soil in which we take root. We are like plants growing in Him. The only place we’ll have good growth is if we are rooted in Him.
It is possible to be a Christian and be rooted in things other than Him. We can have our roots in the world. We can be rooted in our relationships, rooted in our gifting. Our roots can be in what we do, but it’s only when we are rooted in Christ that we will become who we need to become.
Paul uses the analogy of a plant to explain our relationship with him. The root system of a plant has three important roles:
- It anchors the plant in the soil.
This makes sure that the plant isn’t uprooted by elements such as wind, rain, or storms. It’s the same thing for us, our being rooted in Christ helps anchor us. we can remain immovable when the storms of life come. When difficulties come. When it rains we can remain stable in Him.
Colossians 2:8 says that their being rooted in Christ would anchor and make them not easily swayed by philosophy and empty deceptions. Because they were anchored in Christ, they could withstand anything that tried to remove them from the faith.
- It nourishes the plant.
Through the roots, the plant can get nutrients from the soil, enabling it to get what it needs to grow and bear fruit.
As believers, our growth and bearing fruit are dependent on our being rooted in Him. If we’ll bear fruit that represents him, then we have to make sure we are receiving our nourishment from Him. If we are getting our nutrients from somewhere else we’ll be bearing fruit that doesn’t represent Him.
We are nourished by His love, His faith, His grace, His joy and peace, His comfort and strength. All these enable us to keep growing and to bear fruit in Him.
- It stores food for later days.
For the plant to grow, it has to constantly have food and nutrients. It’s harder for the roots to get food and nutrients from the soil when it’s not raining. Therefore, storing food sustains the plant even in drought season.
For a believer, there are times where it’s easy to stay in the word, pray for hours on end, and get in the presence of God. But, there comes a time where we may not be able to do these things as have in previous seasons. However, because we have a reservoir in our being in Him, it’s easy for us to get through drought seasons.
Our being rooted in Him sustains our faith when it’s hard to believe, it provides comfort in our nights and gives us strength when life hits us hard.
How do we become rooted?
We are rooted in love
Ephesians 3: 17So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, you being rooted and grounded in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.
We are rooted in Him by knowing His love for us. Something changes when we comprehend the love of God for us. We will not run after lesser loves once we experience His unexplainable love. Knowing his love requires personal experience.
We cannot know His love by reading about it, or by hearing about it from others. We only get rooted in him through experiencing this love for ourselves.
We are rooted in grace and in the knowledge of Him.
2 peter 3:18 we are to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord. There is no growth where there are no roots. Our growth comes from being rooted in His grace- the gift of God that brings salvation; that gives us undeserved and unmerited favor; His grace that abounds for us even in our sin, the gift of God that is sufficient for us in all things. When we take root and grow in this grace, we’ll be deeply rooted in Him.
And in the knowledge of him. 1 John 2:3 and by this we know that we have come to know him, If we keep his commandments.
It’s simple, we know Him through obedience. By keeping and doing His word we come into the knowledge of him. There is no knowing God apart from knowing and doing his word.
We are rooted in trust.
Jeremiah says, the one who trusts in him, is like a tree planted by the water, that sends out its root by the stream. 17:7-8
Our trust in God roots us in Him. It makes us remain in Him. And no matter the season, it works out for the person whose trust is in the Lord. It doesn’t matter what circumstance they are in, they keep growing and bring forth fruit.
I love what the psalmist says about trusting in the Lord. He will not fear bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting [confidently relying on and believing] in the Lord. Psalm 112:7 AMP When our confidence and reliance is in Him we will be rooted in Him.
We are rooted in the word.
Blessed is the man whose delight is on the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night, he is like a tree planted by streams of water, yielding its fruit in season, prospering in everything he does. Psalm 1:2-3
When we are rooted in His Word, we’ll grow deep into Him, we will bear fruit and we will prosper in our ways.
If His word will richly dwell in us, we will be people firmly rooted in Him.
When we become rooted in Him, we will be built up in Him and established in the faith.