As I look at who I am today, I realize that I have some strong roots planted in my life. I’m halfway through my sophomore year of college. I am blessed with exceptional friends, family, and church family. My roots are deep in the dirt down home on our family farm where we spend a lot of time fishing, caring for livestock, attempting to have a halfway decent garden, and memories that will stick with me forever. Throughout school I stuck my roots in many activities where I gained much knowledge in a ton of different subject areas, I learned how to give speeches, be a leader and a follower, and lend a helping hand whenever one was needed. Although my physical roots are a blessing, one day they will all be of no use to me. I may not always be able to be in a position where I speak in front of a thousand or more people, or use duct tape to build some bendy straw bridge, or even help someone clean up their yard when they are unable. As Christians, we are meant to plant our roots deep in something that actually matters, something that doesn’t end, and something that is eternal.
In Matthew 13:1-9 we find the Parable of the Sower:
1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: "A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
The seeds fall into the…
- Path- People have some knowledge about the Gospel, but they do not understand it or care enough to grow with it. Therefore, they lose the knowledge that they were given.
- Thorns- People grow with their knowledge; they plant their roots in it. Then, the evil comes along and snatches a person away. Although a person has roots, they aren’t deep enough to prevail against evil.
- Rocks- People start out strong when given the knowledge, but then they die out. They have nothing to base their roots in, and they don’t have anyone backing them up when they begin to try.
- Good Soil- People have the knowledge, and they run with it. They seek to learn more and push their roots deeper into the Gospel; they have what they need in order to continually grow.
What can we gain from this?
Matthew 13:8- Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
- We are to teach everyone. People want to listen. Even though other things may get in the way, we have to get the knowledge to them.
- We have to plant that seed in order to begin their roots in the Gospel.
- We can’t stop after one person, we need to continually be searching for places to plant the seed that is the Word of God. After all, we are commanded to do so.
Matthew 28:19-20- Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
What will YOU produce?
I am extremely blessed to have my roots planted in the good soil. I strive daily to continually plant the seed of knowledge so graciously given to us, as well as deepen my roots farther down into the good soil by seeking more knowledge that I have not yet.
Spiritual roots are far greater than physical roots.
Colossians 3:2- Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
Rachel Garrison is a sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University majoring in Special Education. She attends Atwood church of Christ. Rachel volunteers with the Special Olympics organizations in West Tennessee. She loves blogging, going home to see her dog (and family), and binge watching Netflix instead of doing her homework.