Friday, August 15, 2008

DIG the ROOTS -- Part 4 of 6 Parts

Are you digging your roots in the Lord deeply?
Do you ponder?...read?... and re-read your Scriptures daily to see what new nutrients He wants to give your roots?

Our obedience to His wooing will richly bless us when we put our day to the side while we absorb His Word. It's only through our study that we will "know the truth" of His Word and be able to compare it to what the world is trying to put in our minds through movies, tv, music and the written press or internet.

Our senses are blasted day and night with ad after ad in today's society; and sometimes the ads touch on subjects so gingerly and subtly, we don't catch the undertone.

One ad that kinda "gets my goat" is one from Staples. It's called "the easy button"...highlighting in various stressful situations they just hit "the easy" button...and handle the situations..."that was easy!" they say. You can even download their Easy Button, http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/easybutton/index.html onto your computer for easy access to Staples.

It sounds nice, doesn't it?! Yet a certain part of me cringes. I remember when working hard for something was not a far- away concept like it seems to be today. Am I alone in believing there must be sweat, which sometimes feels like blood, to achieve your higher goals? You, then in turn, are extremely thankful for the end product, the achievement, or His guidance in getting you there.
In Acts 20:35 we're reminded by Paul, "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "


Working hard and giving of ourselves in study, giving of ourselves in mission, giving of ourselves in attitude, giving of ourselves for someone else's sake IS NOT EASY but IS what we are called to do. This kind of giving establishes us in love and grows long, deep-reaching roots, so we can associate with the deep love He had/has for each of us.
(Ephes. 3:17 “your being rooted and established in love may have power to grasp how long, high, wide, deep is the love of Christ.)

Lord, thank you for wooing us to You for rest, peace, learning, and love.
May we want to start every day at your feet,
being still and listening for Your input.
We don't want to be captured by the world's expectations or tricks
to lure us into thinking Your ways are too hard.
I pray we lay everything before You everyday
and depend on You and Your yoke,
which has already triumphed!
Amen

Colossians 2:6-8
" You received Christ Jesus as Lord. So keep on living in him. Have your roots in him. Build yourselves up in him. Grow strong in what you believe, just as you were taught. Be more thankful than ever before. Make sure no one captures you. They will try to capture you by using false reasoning that has no meaning. Their ideas depend on human teachings. They also depend on the basic things the people of this world believe. They don't depend on Christ."

7 comments:

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I've nearly stopped watching tv for many of the reasons you shared. I used to be such an addict, but God began drawing me away from my addiction to spend time with him. Now, most nights you'll find me reading or writing or surfing good Christian blogs like yours for refreshment.

I'm also training myself to have a morning read in the Word. Most days, my times of deep devotion happen in the evening, but taking a few moments to read in the morning sets the day in good motion.

Thanks for your many encouraging comments this morning. You've hung a full bag for me to partake in...

peace~elaine

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I see what you're saying about that ad, and I think you have a very valid point. Also, you asked about the movie "The Women." I have had that movie Tivo'd twice because I love the women in that movie. I have a whole private blog devoted to 40s movies. So I AM going to watch it soon!

Cyndy said...

Hi Skoots!
What encouraging words. Encouraging because at this time in my life the work is hard. There are no two ways about it and no nicer way to say it. And...I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Great bloggy facelift! LOVE the colors.

~elaine

Mary said...

Good Morning!
A really good post! Oh, what would we do without the Word? Just this morning, Curtis and I were in distress for a decision that needed to be made today. We were praying and I asked God to give us a scripture so we could get a sense of direction. As I was praying the scripture came to my mind, "Be still and know." After our prayer, Curtis said, When you were praying about a scripture the only thing that came to me was, "Be still and know."
How faithful our God is. . through the Word He gave confirmation and now we have peace. . so we will just be still. . .

I noticed that you have several new things on your side bar. I clicked on the Pray it with Cards. . really nice!

Also the Bee-cause Award is so neat! When I saw that the first recipient was Elaine, I thought,"yes,yes!" There are a number of blogs that are so inspiring and Elaine is certainly one of the best! She is so gifted and paints beautiful pictures with words.

mary

Robin Lambright said...

Love the new colors by the way, and who’s on fire, well you girlfriend! We should all take a close look at what we watch. I know it is one of my biggest distractions, television. It is so hard to just turn it off sometimes. I might miss something important (not!) Loved it! You go girl!

Robin Lambright said...

Love the new colors by the way, and who’s on fire, well you girlfriend! We should all take a close look at what we watch. I know it is one of my biggest distractions, television. It is so hard to just turn it off sometimes. I might miss something important (not!) Loved it! You go girl!