Throughout the New Testament, we see numerous parables and stories used to convey a series of lessons and principles. I love the simplicity of this method as well as the complex beauty of the parables. One of the parables that has always captured my attention is found in Matthew 13:3-9. The parable paints a beautiful picture of the importance of having deep roots and growing where you have been planted, let's read it together.
"He told many stories in the form of parables, such as this one: “Listen! A farmer went out to plant some seeds. As he scattered them across his field, some seeds fell on a footpath, and the birds came and ate them.
When your roots are planted in shallow ground, there is nothing for your roots to grab on to. No matter how much you try to grow in that environment, you will never catch hold of anything. As the verse mentions there will be no growth instead the seeds planted will be ate by the passing birds.
Other seeds fell on shallow soil with underlying rock. The seeds sprouted quickly because the soil was shallow. But the plants soon wilted under the hot sun, and since they didn’t have deep roots, they died.
If there is rocks in the soil, they can prevent you from growing to your full potential. The soil will be shallow and you will wilt under the intensity of the sun, your roots will never grow deep enough for you to thrive.
Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. Still other seeds fell on fertile soil, and they produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted! Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand."- Matthew 13:3-9
This last group of seeds is planted in fertile soil and produced a crop that far exceeded what had been planted. The seeds where planted in rich fertile soil. There roots were deep and provided for growth and not just the survival of the fruit/life. The rich fertile soil afforded the seeds with the ability to thrive.
"Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." - Colossians 2:6-7
It is so important to be deeply rooted friend. We don't know what life will throw at us at any given time, but it is important for us to remember that as long as we are rooted in Christ, no matter what the enemy may throw our way we can trust that He will always be right there with us.
God is so good and so faithful!
Much love friends,