Growing Takes Time…But It’s Worth It.

Who has a green thumb? Any gardeners out there who like to plant something in the ground, nurture it, and watch it grow? That’s me. I grew up working the garden with my grandparents! And as much as I love gardening, I have to admit, it also frustrates me greatly. I seem to have a really hard time successfully growing just about ANYTHING! But every now and then, somehow, I manage to get it right, and I grow a plant that produces something wonderful. This year, that was my cucumber plant! We were able to enjoy several fresh cucumbers right out of our backyard garden – glory to God! But why do some plants die, some barely survive, while others thrive?

This past Sunday, Pastor Benji shared a great verse with us as we talked about the importance of a healthy root system in preparation for the launch of Rooted this fall at all our campuses.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, ROOTED and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  – Colossians 2:6

It’s clear that Colossians and the Bible are telling us that as believers we are to be ROOTED in Jesus. Sounds easy, right? But why are we often tempted to place faith into something else or someone else, other than Jesus himself?

Planting something in the ground and waiting for it to yield a harvest sounds easy too, right? But let me tell you. It’s not.

Here’s a few things I’ve learned from gardening over the years:

  1. Good things take time.

– In order to grow a plant that eventually yields a harvest takes…TIME.
– TIME is the one thing you can’t substitute.
– Nothing grows and produces fruit overnight.

  1. You get out of it what you put into it.

– If I fail to spend time in the spring working the soil, preparing the beds, removing the weeds, my plants will not be set up for success.
– Plants need to be fed and cared for too. If you don’t feed and water them often enough, nurture them, they’ll be too weak to produce fruit.

  1. It’s a daily commitment.

– If I’m not committed every day to working in the garden, a variety of bad things can happen, many of which could easily be avoided simply by checking in daily.

Perhaps, one could apply all of these same truths to their walk with Jesus.

Growing in my discipleship will take time. My understanding of Jesus will evolve over time. The more I read His word, the more I learn about His heart. The more I serve, the more I become like Jesus. The more I pray, the deeper my connection to God will be. And I can’t just do these things when I’m at church. This is something my soul needs DAILY!

Do you desire to get more out of your relationship with Jesus? Do you want to go deeper? Have you considered Rooted? As you settle back into the rhythms of the fall, make sure that nurturing your walk with Jesus is among them. I invite you to join us this week as we wrap-up our Rooted series and worship together. See you there!

Josh Conklin
Sanford Campus Pastor

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