Written by Erik Gernand

A few years ago I planted a tree in my backyard. It was a chore. The tree was probably too large for one person…but I was stubborn. Also, my yard is full of limestone, so I hit a huge rock every time I put the shovel in the ground.

But finally, after some blood, sweat and tears (literally), this young tree with a massive root ball covered in burlap was planted in the ground.

So every once in a while I’ll find myself walking by that tree, grabbing it by the trunk and giving it a shake. There’s a part of me that was worried it wouldn’t take root and thrive. And for a long time, the tree wobbled considerably when I shook it.

But then last week I went out and shook that tree, and while the branches above moved a bit, the trunk was solid.

And I was glad, because the tree had put down roots, become strong, and was going to thrive.

It reminded me of the joy the Father takes in seeing his children, who have begun faith in Christ, putting down roots in the faith, becoming strengthened…ready to produce fruit.

May you put down roots today in Christ. May you be strengthened in your faith. And may your life produce fruit that gives glory to God.

So then, just as your 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