Spiritual roots are an often-overlooked part of our walk with Christ.
If we have deep spiritual roots, then both God and people will be able to trust us. We can go far and make a major impact on the Kingdom if we have roots deep enough to sustain us.
However, if we don’t grow spiritual roots–or don’t grow very deep ones–then we will not be able to carry weight in the Kingdom. We may be able to walk in power, but we won’t be able to sustain the responsibility and influence that go with that power.
Without roots, we will simply topple and fall when the first big storm arises–even if we look really pretty on the outside.
Growing deep spiritual roots is simply a crucial part of our growth.
So how do you grow those deep spiritual roots? Here are seven ways that you can put down those roots. This list is not all-inclusive, but it’s a pretty good picture of how to begin–and of the seriousness of the root-growing process. 🙂
1. Hide God’s Word in your heart.
I put this first because it and #2 are the easiest–and they will save you a lot of trouble if you do them!
Hiding God’s Word in your heart will keep you from sinning against God. Psalm 119:11 says:
Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
Hiding God’s Word in your heart is important because God wants to build character in us, and knowledge of His Word will help us grow. He wants to give us those spiritual roots even more than we want them. His goal is to transform us into the image of Christ!
His Word even says that we do not have to sin at all. Did you know that? It is absolutely possible, in Christ, to live a sinless life.
But we will never get there without hiding God’s Word in our heart. In reality, we will never grow at all–and never put down any kind of spiritual roots–without God’s Word in our heart.
So how do you hide God’s Word in your heart?
You read it. Every day.
More than that, you read slowly. You digest it. You memorize it–first phrases, then sentences, then verses.
And most importantly of all, you pray-read through it, which means:
- asking God for all the good stuff as you read about good stuff;
- asking for His help with all the commands;
- thanking Him continually; and
- asking for His conviction, forgiveness, and power to change when He shows us sin in our lives.
If you will hide God’s Word in your heart, you will begin to put down spiritual roots. Even if you start at slowly, it will work!
So begin today. Start where you are, with tiny portions at a time if that’s what you can do. Just start, and you will grow!
2. Pray. Pray a lot.
Oh, beloved. Other than God’s Word and, of course, His Spirit, prayer is the most powerful force we have available to us on the earth.
Prayer is two-way communication. It is communion with God. It is the sweet savoring of intimate conversation with our Heavenly Father, the Lover of our souls.
When you pray, you encounter God personally. In prayer, you are very literally right before His throne. That’s why Hebrews 4:16 says:
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
People of much character are people of much prayer. If you want to grow and put down spiritual roots, prayer is absolutely essential.
Beloved, you can save yourself from a lot of agony and trouble if you invest your time in a whole lot of prayer.
I can’t even tell you how many times I went to the Lord, intending to do a particular thing later–and God showed me as I prayed not to do it … thus saving me a ton of trouble.