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Dabbling in self-sustaining organic farming, I’ve leaned the importance of frequent watering for young plants. During the early stages of a young plant’s life, roots remain near the surface of the soil. At germination, roots grow downward due to something called gravitropism, which simply defined means they follow gravity. A minor drought can damage a young plant that has not yet tunneled its roots deep into the soil.

Rain during the 2009 Georgia growing season was sparse, and many of my plants died as a result. As I pulled out those dead plants, the roots revealed much. Since roots do not grow in dry soil, especially during germination, the roots were barely developed and not very long. Roots enable plants to:

1) absorb water and inorganic nutrients
2) anchor the plant body to the ground
3) store food and nutrients

Our spiritual life is also in dire need of “deep watering.” We may go to church once a week and receive “waterings” in fellowship, worship, or Bible teaching. We can spend a few hurried moments in daily Bible study and prayer, yet sadly wither when stress enters our lives. When that happens it reveals our spiritual roots are shallow and have not grown deep in the soil of faith and God’s Word, causing us to shrink and die spiritually.

Here are a few ways I have found to water my spiritual roots:
  • Read at least one Bible verse daily before starting the day
  • Meditate on the verse(s) read for at least five minutes, and journal thoughts that come to mind.
  • Pray and ask for God’s help to understand and apply the truth or principle learned to my everyday life
The Apostle Paul wrote, “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 2:6-7).

Open God’s Word today and start “watering” your spiritual life. For a starter, read Matthew chapter thirteen (Parable of the Sower).

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