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Monday daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye (Open Heavens 14 September 2015) – The Right Root

Read: Mark 4:16-17

16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they
have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness;

17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they
are offended.

Bible in one Year: Exodus 30:22-32:35; Romans
14:13-15:13

MESSAGE:

In a marathon, not everyone who starts the race reaches the finish line.
Several people drop out of the race due to one reason or the other. In the same
way, several people are dropping out of the race to meet Christ the Redeemer on
the last day. The parable of the sower reveals some of the reasons why people
will not get to the finish line of the Christian race. One of such reasons is
not being rooted and grounded in the word of God. Jesus gives further insight
into this in Mark 4:17

“And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward,
when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they
are offended.”

The root of a tree is very important to its survival. If you cut down every
part of most trees and leave the roots, the tree will spring up again. All the
nourishment that sustains the fruits, leaves and branches of a tree are
received through its roots. Also, it is the roots that hold the tree when the
wind comes against it. If the roots are few or tiny, the tree will also be
limited in its ability to feed and stay fixed; but if the roots are many, big
and strong, the tree will feed well and endue. Note that every tree has roots
whose size is directly proportional to the size of the tree. It is therefore the
size of your root in Christ that will determine how big you will grow in His
kingdom. A heavy wind blew one rainy day and it caused a big tree located by
the roadside to fall. People marvelled that such a huge tree could be brought
down by the wind, but after they looked closely, they discovered that the roots
of this tree did not go deep enough into the ground, and so the bottom of the
tree appeared flat. No wonder it fell!

In the Christian faith, the root refers to the foundation on which one’s faith
in Jesus is established. If the foundation is bad, it will definitely affect
the growth and stability of the tree. Any fruit produced will have problems if
the root is not the right size or does not go deep enough. Many believers who
bungled their trip to Heaven had a bad foundation in Christ. Either their roots
were developed wrongly, or their roots did not go deep enough. This is why care
should be taken to groom young converts very well through the teaching of the
word. They should be exposed to the sincere, undiluted milk of the word (1 Peter 2:2). What is the state of your
foundation in Christ? Do you have big, Strong roots that can give you stability
until the race ends?

Prayer Point: Father, give me the right roots that will make me grow
into a gigantic tree in your kingdom.

Open Heavens Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the
General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest
evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s
Ministries.


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