The answer is yes you can. Let me explain this to you. Few weeks ago I took a branch from my curry leaf plant. I plucked out all the leaves and the branch I left in a cup of water , just to see if it will grow to a new plant. Surprisingly it started growing , but no roots!!!!! New leaves are coming though! I was so excited that I asked my Aunt, who is an expert in this what should I do next. Her answer was since there are no roots, no matter how good it looks it will not become a plant. I was so disappointed to hear that.
Now when I think about our spiritual life it is same.
Jeremiah 17: 7&8 says “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Psalms 1:2&3 says “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do.”
In Matthew 13:18-23we see the parable of the sower. About the seeds that grew without deep roots Jesus says – “The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word.”
So why roots important?
To stay healthy and strong even in wind, heat and drought.
What is special about a tree planted by streams of water and roots growing deep to the waters?
1) They say healthy and strong amidst all adverse conditions
2) It’s leaves are always green, bringing happiness to all who see.
3) They never stop producing fruits.
Jesus in Mark chapter 11 talks about the fig tree and how disappointed he was that he couldn’t find fruits in that. This Jesus is talking figuratively about Israel as a nation and its fruitless condition. In the above verses it clearly talks about what can we do so we can bear fruit in all seasons. We have to be rooted near streams of waters.
Ephesians chapter 3 says that we should be rooted and grounded in love.
Colossians 2 says we should be rooted and built up in Christ
In the gospel of John 15: 4-5 Jesus is inviting us to abide in Him. He says He is the vine and we are the branches. If we abide in Him and Christ in us , we will bear much fruit. And without Christ we cannot do anything.
So for us to a fruitful in our life we must be rooted in Jesus and abide in Jesus.
How can we do that?
By praying, reading the word of God. As Psalms 1 verse 2 says meditate on His word day and night.
What happens if we are not fruitful? Jesus talks about that also in Matthew 3:10.
“Even now the ax of God’s judgment is poised, ready to sever the roots of the trees. Yes, every tree that does not produce good fruit will be chopped down and thrown into the fire.”
Matthew 3:10 .
So let us be believers bearing fruit in all seasons.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”
Hebrews 12:15 says we should NOT have roots of bitterness in us.
If we are growing roots of bitterness then we will be producing undesirable fruits as Galatians chapter 5:19-21 says:
“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
So it doesn’t matter you are planted by waters; if there are no roots that reach into waters you will not have fruits in all seasons. You may feel and look like you are flourishing but when heat or wind comes you will wither or fall down. Almighty God expects us to be fruitful in all seasons. And He has provided everything to help us in that process; His word, His Holy Spirit, 24*7 access to His presence and fellowship with other believers. Let our roots grow deep in Christ and reach the waters!!!
When we are rooted in Christ and fruitful our life will become a blessing and comfort to others. Let Christ dwell in our hearts and let us be a blessing to others. Let our life bring glory and honor to God’s Holy name. All glory and honor and praise to God alone.
God bless you all.