Sometimes while I’m sleeping or in a very tired state of mind, thoughts will cross my mind that actually have a deeper meaning that I should spend time thinking about. Now of course, there are always the weird, crazy ideas that have no purpose whatsoever and are just a result of fatigue both mentally and physically. In between those odd ‘original’ thoughts sometimes will come one that is worth writing down.
I was on a plane ride, dozing off in the seat with my arms intentionally kept by my side as not to get into anyone else’s private space. The questions that I ended up saving in the notes on my phone were “If I were to get amnesia and had to forget every relationship except one, would I pick my relationship with Jesus? If someone found me stripped clean to the very innermost part of my heart, would they see Jesus? If I was on wisdom teeth medicine and said whatever came to mind, would Jesus still prevail?” Now I’m sure theologically there could be some arguments on whether or not those questions are actually indications of faith, but I think you see my point. Basically the underlying question is what am I rooted in? Am I truly rooted in Christ?
It’s crazy how often the Bible references to plants in relation to our faith. But honestly, think about it, what are we rooted in? Are we rooted in our own soil to build our own kingdoms, or are we truly rooted in Christ and looking to his kingdom? What do the innermost parts of our hearts say? I hate that my natural temptation is to linger towards sin, that my nature is to rebel against my heavenly Father. The results of the fall are sickening, but wow how great is the victory in Christ. 1 Peter 1:23-25 says “For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. For ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ And this is the word that was preached to you.”
We are like grass and our glory is like the flowers. Sure, it looks nice today, but tomorrow it is withered and has fallen. When we stand before our Lord, our glory will be gone. Our glory means nothing on our own terms because it is nowhere close to what our God is deserving of. But wow what an amazing truth to know that we are no longer living from a perishable seed that will wither and fall, but we are rooted in the living and enduring word of God- that is Jesus Christ our Savior. In John 1:1-2 John writes that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” and then goes on in verse 14 to say “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is the Word of God. And as 1 Peter 1 declares, the word of the Lord stands forever.
1 Peter 1:24-25 For ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.’ And this is the word that was preached to you.
We are born into the living and enduring word of God and that word stands forever. So once again we should ask, what are we rooted in? To be rooted in the word of the Lord is to be rooted in Christ. To be rooted in Christ is to be rooted in the one thing that stands forever. So take courage, we are but men who will wither and who’s glory will pass away- but the living Word in us will stand forever. And that is the imperishable glory that we will one day see. Praise Him who gave us this grace through Jesus Christ and allowed our hearts to be softened and rooted in his word.
Amber (@amber_hoot) is an author + creative at thegracescripts.com. Amber plays soccer at her college, Middle Tennessee State University, and loves the opportunity that it gives her to share the Gospel with other student athletes. Amber lives in Tennessee.