Your root system
But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. Matthew 13:6
On of my favorite parables that Jesus told was about planting seeds. Jesus often talked about things in the physical world and compared them to things in the spirit realm. (That is a place we live in, but cannot see with our physical eyes.) He did this for a few reasons, but one was so that people could understand and remember what He taught. In today’s parable, He talked about planting seeds. It is a timeless illustration because seed time and harvest have been the same since the beginning of the world’s existence. This way His teaching could carry down through the generations and hold it’s meaning because the principle would always be the same as long as the earth exists.
The part of the parable I want to focus on today is the root system. God created the root system in a plant to sustain its life. A root system anchors a plant in the soil so it cannot be moved by the weather and elements around it. It provides nourishment to the part of the plant that is above the surface, and it reserves food for the times when a plant isn’t getting what it needs from the outer world. Essentially, the root system keeps the plant alive and without it, it cannot survive.
Later in the chapter, Jesus compares this system to the foundation of our Christian life. He said that when a person receives the Word of God in their life unto salvation, they must build a foundation to be able to hold their faith in tact when the trials and troubles come. The storms of life will blow a new believer away because they do not have an anchor or root system in place to keep them grounded.
This is where we as God’s people come in. We are to disciple new converts to help them sustain the tribulations in life. When a crisis comes, we help hold them in place by going through the storm with them encouraging them and making sure they are getting a steady dose of the word. It isn’t enough to just show them the way, you have to walk the path with them until they are strong enough to stand firm on their own.
Some ways you can do this is by meeting with others in a small group study or activity. You can invite a new believer to come to church with you or make a regular lunch or coffee date with them. By simply inviting them along with you in your day, you will be encouraging them and helping them not to feel alone. In this way, you are nurturing their foundation and building it strong so that the enemy will not be able to pluck them up and destroy their roots.
Today I want to encourage you to help a new Christian in their walk with God. Bring them along with you in life to begin building their foundation for them. You cannot do it all, but you can get them started. Teach them how to have their own quiet time with their loving heavenly Father and help them to learn how to put away the things in life that want to steal them away from their new life in Christ.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 13:1-9
1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow.
4 And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them.
5 Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth.
6 But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them.
8 But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”