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The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Great Heights and Greater Depths - Worship.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Sunday, 11 December 2016 15:20

Colossians 2:7; “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”

“May you determine, with all that is in you, to continue to sink your roots into your relationship with Jesus” (Grant Nuss). I am looking forward to leading worship at a church in Hout Bay this coming Sunday, one gets used to leading every Sunday and, when you don't, it always feels as though something is missing in your life! I was today reminded of the quote above which I use often in my preaching and teaching, by a young lady I have the privilege of mentoring in the area of worship-leading. She is arguably one of the most anointed leaders I know. The reason for this, from my perspective, is that she understands that as leaders we have never ‘arrived’ both in our gifting and, most importantly, in our relationship with Jesus. So as we chatted, we thought of my quote in the context of this verse and also within both her and my passion - worship. Your and my worship (and life) needs roots. Why? Because roots steady and secure a tree, they give it strength to withstand all kinds of weather (we used that word – picture yesterday), and roots nourish a tree in the seasons of its life. So what has that to do with worship? Actually, everything. The root our worship needs is a foundation that is rooted in the life of Christ. It is the shape and texture of our experience of worship in the good times and the tough times that provide soil to the roots of worship. What about worship without roots? Well, let’s be honest, worship without roots will, at best, be a performance, it may rise to great heights psychologically (sadly this happens), but will be in danger of being blown away and lifeless. It is only when we are anchored and well-nourished that our worship can be meaningful and progress spiritually. As we know, in the Christian life, we never stand still: we either go forward or gradually slip backward. In verses 5 to 7 in this passage Paul uses several vivid word pictures to illustrate this spiritual progress. In verse 6 he compares the Christian life to a pilgrimage, and followers of Christ must learn to “walk worthy of the Lord” (Colossians 1:10). In our verse today, using the example of a tree, and, the word ‘rooted’ in the Greek means “once and for all having been rooted.” Scripture is clear that Christians are not to be like tumbleweeds that have no roots and are blown about by “every wind of doctrine” (Ephesians 4:14). Once we are rooted by faith in Christ, there is no need to change the soil, and, as we sink our roots into an intimate relationship with Him, the roots draw up the nourishment so that the tree can grow. Importantly too, the roots also give strength and stability. Finally, if your spiritual roots are deep in Christ, you will not want any other soil, if He is your sure foundation; you have no need to move. Likewise, if you are studying and growing in the Word, you will not be easily enticed by false doctrine. Finally, if your heart is forever overflowing with thanksgiving, you will never ever consider turning from the fullness you have in Christ. The grounded, growing, grateful worshiping follower of Christ will never be led astray, and the fruits of his/her ministry will result not only in their growth and maturity, but also that of the community of which they are part.

 

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