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  • Deep Roots

    By Brother Steve | August 28, 2012

    1 Corinthians 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

    Recently, I was home from work which gave me a chance to clean up some things around the house. One of the things I wanted to do was to get rid of some foliage that grows alongside the siding of my house.

    (To classify the foliage, they were not really shrubs, or vines, but they were kind of an eyesore - to me anyway.) They stood above me. I tried one other time to get rid of them, but really did not finish the task.

    This foliage began to grow again since the last time. I had an idea this time to finally be finished with these things. I knew I would have to pull the roots out. I was going to trim them down until I had some part of the trunk exposed. Then I was going to tie a rope to the stub, secure the rope to the backside of my van and pull the stub out by the roots using my van.

    The first one did not give me much trouble. I tugged with the van and after just a short resistence, it finally pulled free and uprooted. I thought that was pretty cool.

    I backed up the van to do the next stub. The stub was a little thicker. I was able to secure it a lot easier since I had more stub to work with. After I had it tied around the base, I got into the van and began to pull forward. It gave me a little more resistence than the previous one. That was okay, I just gave it a little more gas. Finally, I heard what I thought was the root giving way, but instead, it was the rope snapping under the strain.

    A log chain would have been a lot better, but since I did not have one, a rope was the second best thing.

    I tried tugging on the stub, but that was almost comical - it wasn't about to move at all. I decided to leave the last two stubs alone. I sawed them down as low as I could and called it a day.

    The roots were buried so deep on this foliage even digging them out with a shovel was not the answer. That stub did not want to go anywhere. It was fine where it was.

    I began to think of roots in the Christian life. A Christian needs to have roots so deep in the Bible and Christ that when someone tries to detach us from Him they have to do something extreme, and even at that they are unmovable. Job is a good example of this. See all the things Satan did to try to uproot him because he said he was serving God because God was giving him everything. He accused Job of serving God without a solid reason. Satan told God to take everything away that Job had and he would curse God to His face.

    Of course, Job was serving God for all the right reasons. He did have a true walk with God. He truly was rooted into God and His ways.

    What about you? If Satan would come and do that to you, would you be rooted in God deep enough? Would Satan's rope break if he tried to uproot you? Would he want to give up for a while after dealing with your steadfastness and dedication?

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