Lately I have been thinking about roots. The kind found under the earth, attached to living things which grow from the ground. Roots are essential to the growth and stability of the plant to which is it connected. Roots act like straws, absorbing water and minerals from soil. Roots help to anchor the plant in the soil so it does not fall over. Roots also store extra food for future use.
Essentially, it is safe to say firm roots are a good thing — that is, when the part above the earth is what is desired. The opposite is true of a weed –something we do not desire– in our yard or garden. Deeply rooted desirable plants yield wonderful things and are pleasing in many ways. Undesirable rooted plants (weeds) seem to take over, grow at an ultra-rapid pace and try to mix in with the healthy plants, causing the weeds to become very difficult to remove.
The same can be said of good spiritual habits, as we look at them as roots — foundations of our being in Christ. Not only the beginnings of our walk with God, but the stuff that keeps us nourished, the things that keep us standing strong against the elements of life. Our roots are not just attached to when we first discovered the truth of Jesus Christ, but our roots should always be a part of our walk with God until the race is run completely.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:12 NIV
Good habits (roots) become good things in our spiritual garden, and real life habits are roots that nourish us and help to sustain us. They grow us and cause us to become mature Christians. Weeds, however — if weeds are cultivated; bad habits, lack of sanctification and spiritual growth, besetting sin, unwillingness, lovelessness, etc. — then what we yield from these roots is nothing fruitful or good, for ourselves or for others. Strong bad roots try to mix with the good roots in our lives, causing an unbalanced blend of either compromise or dual-nature Christianity, something of which the Bible tells us to heed for obvious reasons.
Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:8, NLT
Old weeds can be as strong as the healthy plants in our garden. They can be coarse, thick, deeply rooted and very difficult to remove. These are the roots which must be removed so the healthy elements in our lives have room to grow without compromise or double-mindedness which detracts our focus from God.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Col. 3:1-2, NIV
Remove those ugly weeds which don’t belong in your life. They are taking up valuable time, space and energy needed for better things with God. Christ will soon return for His bride, the church; one that is not compromised, one that is clean, one that loves Him and looks and waits to be pleasing unto Him in all points. I know this can be difficult at times and certainly no one is perfect. All the more reason we need the fruits of His spirit to be the main attraction in our spiritual garden.