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Deeply Rooted

May 19, 2018
by John Stuart   —   Audio controls are below the devotional to listen to this devotional or to hymn music while you read

Colossians 2:6-7 – So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (NIV)

A couple of years ago, we added a rockery to our church campus through a gracious donation from some church members. It was built on the side of a slope which had been perpetually covered in moss and weeds. The whole area, right next to our main entrance, was very unattractive. One morning, a group of landscapers appeared and transformed the whole area into a beautiful Japanese-type garden. Large boulders were built into place and special shrubs were planted. It was remarkable to see the slope change from an eyesore into a very picturesque shrubbery.

As time has passed, the roots of the plants have grown stronger, which means that during summer and fall, we experience some beautiful colours all over the garden area. Now that we've added a special irrigation system, we can look forward to the shrubs and small trees growing and expanding all over the rockery. What was once an unattractive zone has become a place of beauty and pride for our members and visitors.

Today's highlighted verses from Paul to the Colossians convey the same type of planting and growth with regard to our faith in Christ. His Spirit works within us to produce thankful hearts and souls devoted to God's kingdom. As our faith deepens, our spiritual influence can expand so that we may positively share Christ's blessings with our families and friends, neighbours and colleagues. In other words, we become living witnesses of the ministry and mission of Jesus in our homes, churches, circles, and communities.

Points to ponder: How thankful am I to know that Jesus is my Lord and Saviour? Do others see that thankfulness in me?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for planting faith within each of us and for helping us to grow spiritually. Encourage us to deepen our connection to You, so that we may become better witnesses of Your ways, words, and works. In Your holy name, we gratefully pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Another good one, John. God bless.

    I appreciate what you shared profoundly. Thanks.

    Thank You, John for your encouraging Devotional. I’d like to offer you a thought for today:
    To have a good friend, you have to be one.

    What a wonderful image of that beautiful garden.
    Our faith is indeed planted within us and like the garden, needs to be nourished and weeds kept out!

    Thank you, John, for sharing this devotional with us. As the old saying goes, may we bloom where God planted us.

    Thank you for today’s devotional Rev Stuart. It offers enlightenment both in our lives and visually in our minds….and spurred me to wonder if there’s any possibility that pictures could be added to our devotionals sometimes…which I shall ask of Robin.

    Hi John
    Thank you for the point to ponder!!!! wow, makes you step back and think and then go into prayer for sure. Thanks again,
    God bless.

    Great meditation!
    Hope you watched the Royal Wedding, to hear the Episcopalian Archbishop lay it on the line about love!
    There were a few kilts on some of the shots – Scots wha’hae!
    (BC Canada)

    John – I have enjoyed your devotionals over the years throuh a friend in my church. But, I do have one comment in this one. Why would you consider something that God created to be “unattractive”? It might not be what we consider attractive but it was created by God. Who are we to judge? But, that aside. I look forward to every one of your devotionals and you are one of my favorite authors.
    Thank You for serving Him so faithfully.

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