Self - Ministry
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8
The world faces many uncertainties and trying times, but those of us who are rooted and grounded in Christ need not worry or fear. We will still have difficulties, but it is important to be rooted and grounded in a place where we can grow. We are all called to some form of ministry, even if we never see a platform.
People are consistently looking at how Christians react to things, at our words and actions. The Lord does not want the circumstances that surround us to negatively affect us or skew our perception (or that of others) of His goodness. He wants us to experience prosperity and fruitfulness, even in the midst of drought, to show others God cares for His children. In order to do that, we have to be properly rooted, we have to trust God.
The roots of a tree grow down, not just to provide a solid base, but to seek water, seek the nutrients for the tree to grow. If the tree is constantly moved, the root system will not develop, and the tree will not reach its potential. When we are planted in the right place and rooted in Christ, we won’t fear the fire; we won’t fear drought because God provides our sustenance out of His eternal resources that never run dry.
Father God, today I pray that I grow where you plant me. I pray that my roots go deep into your Word and that my heart is filled with your love. I pray that my life is a visual testament to your goodness and that the fruit produced helps lead others to you. In seasons of drought, seasons of hard times, I pray that my trust in you only grows stronger and that my relationship goes deeper as I am connected to the source of Living Water that empowers me to accomplish the plan and purpose that You have for my life. Amen.