After some much needed rain, the neighborhood landscapes appears revived and washed in a bright green color that only hydration can bring. I would really love to add a new tree to my front walk, so I check out lots of shrubbery along my running route over the weekend. While investigating yards, I spotted a problem. There was a huge tree planted right in front of a house. It was not just any little tree with small roots, but one with roots that expand out and dig down deep into the ground. Why is this a problem? Because sometimes tree roots of that nature are known to crack and disturb the foundation of the very house they were planted in front of in order to add value and visual appeal to the property. It’s ironic that on the outside the tree is so big and tall and beautiful, yet under the surface it may be wreaking havoc with the very foundation of the home.
If you read exposed roots – part 1, you know that one of the steps to walking in freedom is allowing your conquered trial/sin to be your testimony. Transparency is a key to overcoming. When you keep those roots buried in the ground out of shame or fear of man, you can run the risk of damaging the very foundation that God sent His Son to make firm and strong.
Colossians 2:6-7New Living Translation (NLT)
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
The ironic part about these old trees is the reason why the foundations cracked is due to the hidden roots sucking up the hydration out of the soil and this causes the foundation to shift. Let’s look at that in spiritual terms. As we are called to serve/minister in our church (small or large service), if you are hiding roots under the surface that have not been exposed and healed, these roots can spindle out and have far-reaching consequences. If you are trying to hide them, it will cause issues in the body of Christ as you serve. Don’t misunderstand, we are all far from perfect and are usually working with God to overcome our imperfections daily. I am referring to the deep rooted heart issues.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
If you are dealing with issues buried deep beneath the surface,, the very thing you don’t ever want to expose and deal with will be the very thing that keeps you from being completely healed. Just like that tree, you may be sucking the living water out of everyone else (out of your endless needs) in the place you’ve been called to serve. When roots are found to be disturbing the foundation of a house, they need to be severed. Just like in our own lives, we need to get to the root of the matter and work with loving, serving, anointed people in the body to help us expose and sever those roots so we can begin to walk in the victory God has for us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Please expose any hidden roots that you would like to see exposed and severed in my own life so I can be a better servant in your Kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen.