During the springtime, all the grass turns green, the wildflowers and bluebonnets bloom, and it is very pretty. But the moment the rains stop, the hills turn brown again. Why? Because the grass has no roots. It cannot go down deep enough to get water from the springs that are deep beneath the ground.
When there are no roots and a plant is in shallow soil, it may initially sprout and look good, but it does not last. The plant withers quickly because it does not have roots.
Luke 8:13 says, “And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.” (ESV).
A lot of times, we hear God’s Word and get excited about it … but we do not allow it to change us. We act superficially. We react emotionally. We are moved impulsively. But we do not take the time to let it sink in.
Do you really want to be that way? No! You want to be a deep person, not a shallow person. You want to be a person with deep spiritual roots so that when recession comes and lasts several years, you can keep bearing fruit. When the rough winds come and somebody in your family gets sick or a close friend dies, the trial does not blow you away, because you have roots.
How do you develop spiritual roots? You do it by having a daily time with God and a weekly small group time with other believers. You have got to spend time alone with God, and you have got to spend time with other believers.
If you are not spending time with God on a daily basis, you are going to dry up and blow away when the pressure is on. You will not be able to handle it. You have got to make time to listen during a daily time with God. You have to sit and be quiet. You have to read the Bible and talk to God. Play some music. If you like to journal, do that. Whatever it takes to keep the focus on God, do it!
You also need a weekly small group. Nobody has a complete perspective on life. Everyone wears blinders. The people in your small group can see things in your life you cannot see. That is why we need each other! You learn from the people in your small group as you encourage each other, and your roots go deeper. We are …. Better Together!