Firmly Planted

Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV) I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

In our yard, there’s this huge, beautiful old tree. When we moved to the farm 19 years ago, it was the first thing I fell in love with. Every spring, I look up at the very top and watch the new leaves start to inch out bit by bit. It is perfectly shaped like an egg, with a narrow top that widens toward the middle and narrows ever so slightly down toward the bottom. I love to watch my 3 kiddos link their hands to hug its thick, rough trunk. When the summer wind blows it makes the most peaceful ‘shoooo’ sound. It has a massive width and height by July and even the worst of storms cannot budge it. I imagine that if you tried to dig it up, the roots are intertwined so deep you’d be unable to tell where one ends and another begins.

When I think of the spiritual mentors in my life, they remind me of that big ole tree in my yard. They, like the tree, have roots so intertwined with our Savior that it is hard to tell where one ends and another begins. They are not shaken by the storms of life. They are like the verse in Ephesians 3:17. Their hearts are filled with faith in Christ. They are rooted and established in His love. They are powerful in their churches and ministries. They are rooted in the body of Christ for life. They are filled to the measure with the fullness of God.

When I look at the life of one that recently went home to be with the Lord. I am overwhelmed with a fresh fervor for reaching the lost. He was consistent, disciplined, and connected to Christ. His calling as an evangelist took him all over the world. Some places he was welcomed and some he was not. That didn’t stop him from reaching out to the lost regardless of their opinion of him.

He was brave, I am not. I want to be. How was he so bold and fearless, I ask?

It was his desire to fulfill the calling of his Father. He took chances that others would run from. He wasn’t focused on his ability to perform well and he fully trusted with no wavering that the Lord would take his time in preparation and use it for His glory. What people thought of ‘him’ was the furthest from his mind, it was communicating what God’s thoughts were of them. I hear the echo of his words right now, “God loves you!”

What is keeping you from fulfilling the calling on your life? Are you called to teach, or speak, or even preach? Does fear, intimidation, unworthiness, acceptance, or laziness hold you back?

Make a choice today, dig in your heels, refuse to spend one more moment outside of your calling. You are firmly planted, rooted and established in love! Walk in boldness friends!

~Shana

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