This past year God has really been teaching me the importance of being rooted in Him. That how I act and think should be based in what He says. And I need to be rooted Him and surrender in all things, not just the easy stuff.
What does the world say?
We live in a world that tells us our identity should be in followers, views, likes, and comments. Our worth is based on how we look, our beliefs, our relationship status, our political views, and how “satisfying” or “aesthetic” our instagram feed looks. We are surrounded by commercials, movies, and social media all telling us if we achieve these things or wear these clothes we will be happy and popular.
If we are more body positive, accept our cellulite, date the best looking person, flaunt our acne, or dress like celebrities, THEN we will ultimately achieve happiness. Is this right? And do these things undoubtedly bring us true lasting joy?
To both questions, I say no.
What happens to our identity when we experience failure? Or we lose someone’s favor? Or don’t achieve the likes and followers?
The very foundation of our identity is shaken and altered, resulting in us hustling to define ourselves by something or someone else. A stable sense of self cannot fully exist when we place our identity in external things. When circumstances change, our identity constantly changes too.
Please don’t make the tragic mistake of trying to find your identity in things and people, true and lasting joy can’t come from those things.
But rather, look to Christ alone.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind,
that by testing you may discern what is the will of God,
what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Before we move on take a minute to think. What are you currently rooted in? Are you rooted in people? Comparison? A relationship? Your clothing? Your travel itinerary? Your social media following? Your career?
What does the Bible say?
Why do we need to be rooted in Christ? What is so extremely important about being rooted? And what does the Bible say about being rooted?
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. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
and in Christ you have been brought to fullness.
He is the head over every power and authority.
The Christian life isn’t merely about accepting Jesus. That is just the beginning. We must then commit ourselves to a lifetime of learning. You have to be willing to read and study God’s Word, be ready to accept guidance and instruction from others and learn to listen for God’s direction.
When we live our lives overflowing with gratitude, there isn’t room left over for comparison and worrying about how the world perceives us. Our most valuable testimony to others is living unashamedly for Christ and demonstrating how He’s transformed and sustained us. This won’t come naturally but with living rooted in faith it’ll start to shine through.
In order to live out of the fullness of our new identity in Christ, we must determine what hinders us from doing so. If we live out of an identity based on how God sees us, we no longer feel the need to determine our worth in our external circumstances.
We are able to live confidently and stably in Christ knowing – all things work for the good of those who love him, and who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28). We are able to step out in faith and not care if others perceive us as being unworthy or unacceptable. Ultimately the acceptance of others doesn’t matter, because Christ has chosen and accepted us in our unworthiness.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather be chosen in my brokenness than have to keep up a perfect facade all the time!
This whole “being rooted” thing isn’t instant. It doesn’t come painless, and there’s no “quick fix.“ It‘s minute by minute, daily, and hourly surrender to Him. It takes time for lasting, sustainable roots to form. Each day is an opportunity to grow deeper in love and trust with our Savior.
It’s a daily surrender, and daily process that will constantly grow our roots deeper.
In Him we can stand firm, and be unshakable. When something bad happens, we can know He is grounding us. When we’re confronted with endless opinions, we can have faith that our root system is in the only One who can fully ground and sustain us.