Guest Blogger: Jill Marshall

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 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.” Colossians 2:6-7

A few years ago, I visited the pictured rocks in northern Michigan with a few friends. (including June and Amanda, Hi ladies!!) We hiked along the shoreline of Lake Superior and came across an amazing sight. A tree growing tall and strong, in all its glory.

But that’s not the amazing part. What is difficult to see in this picture is that the tree is all alone on a tower of rock. Over the years, the rock and earth around it have eroded and fallen away. Yet the tree remains, still thriving.

How? Notice the elaborate roots that have formed. Those running deep into the existing ground. And those running wide, tethering across the divide. This tree has weathered every storm imaginable and has survived. Thrived.

And we can too. Just as we’ve accepted Christ, so we must now follow Him. Living in the truth of who he says we are. Walking in his ways. Receiving his love and overflowing it on to others. Making a difference in the world. Thriving.

How? By letting our roots grow down into him and building our lives on him. Just like this tree.

I think of the thousands of youth who have accepted Christ over the years through Ignite South Africa. And I think of the countless hours our leaders have poured into them equipping them to now walk in his ways.

Roots are being formed, truth is being instilled, and young people are coming to know Christ intimately as their source for love, identity and purpose. They are growing strong, thriving, just like this tree.

I, for one, am overflowing with thankfulness.

Father God, may our roots grow deeply into you and may our lives be built on you alone, so we can live the lives you’ve created us for. Amen.

Are you rooted deeply in Him?

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