CCF Summer Devo #8 – Roots

Posted On August 4, 2010

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Roots

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.  Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.”(Colossians 2:6 – 8 NLT)

The health of a tree is only as good as its root system.  Roots that are deep in the ground pull up much needed moisture and results in a healthy, vibrant tree.  When the roots are shallow, the tree is brittle and sick and can be easily influenced by the elements around it.

Paul, in this passage, describes the spiritual health of a Christian by using the root system as an example.  A strong spiritual root system develops when you continue to grow in Christ, strengthened by solid Bible teaching and fellowship.  On the other hand, the roots are shallow when you listen to and follow the principles of the world and hollow philosophies.

In our culture, this is easy to do.  We are more concerned about celebrity and social media than real relationships.

As you come to college, you will hear many hollow and deceptive philosophies even from instructors who claim to be a Christ-follower.  This is why student ministry is so important.  Even though student ministry doesn’t replace church, it is a place where you can connect with other Christian college students, do ministry together on the campus, and have good Bible teaching applying to your life as a college student.

I look forward to this year and your involvement in the student ministry.  See you in a week!

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