Daily Devotional
By Jon Swanson
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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. Colossians 2:6-7

Biking on the trail yesterday I came across three large trees fallen across the trail. How and why these trees and in this particular spot? It seemed pretty obvious that the roots on these trees did not go very deep, so with lots of rain of recent and a little wind they just did not have the root system to keep them standing.

Scripture says we are to be rooted in Christ. Being rooted is more than knowing about Christ. Being rooted in Christ means your faith, your life is wrapped around Christ in a manner that you are able to receive strength from him. It means that when the storms of life blow through you are able to stand strong not because of your strength but because of the strength where you have planted yourself.

Think about it…
How do you grow deep roots?
• Consistent prayer (simple honest conversations with God)
• Spending time with other believers (you tend to become more like the people you are around)
• Serve others (serving is one of quickest ways to grow in faith)
• Read the Bible (scripture is a gift from God with all sorts of answers to life)
This sounds so simple and obvious I wondered for a moment why I even wrote it. But the truth is God intends it to be simple. Pick one of the above and focus on it for the next week, then pick another for the next week. After a month begin to focus on incorporating all into your life on a more regular basis. You will be amazed at how strong you root system can become in a short time as well as your ability to withstand life’s storms.

In Surrender to Christ,