Have you desired a deeper relationship and wanted to know how to get closer to God but feel like you don’t know how to get there? You may wonder how to draw near to Him but feel so distant in the midst of life and its trials. You may feel stagnant in your faith and wonder if that is how you will always feel.
You CAN begin to grow a closer relationship to God starting today! Read on to learn how to begin growing in our relationship with the Lord by examining our roots!
How to Get Closer to God – Growing Deep Roots in God
A few years ago, when living in South Carolina, we went through Hurricane Matthew. I never dreamed going through this Hurricane would result in a life lesson on how to get closer to God, but God has some unique ways of teaching us what He feels we need to learn when we need it.
This Hurricane frightened me quite a bit.
For one, my husband was mere inches from being killed when a tree fell right next to the spot he had been standing in seconds before when he went outside to pull a loose shingle off the house before it could fly off and break a window.
When they say “stay inside” during a Hurricane, take it seriously!
That tree hit the house but thankfully didn’t do much damage (and didn’t hit my husband!).
On top of some other damage (minor really) that our home went through, our driveway started to buckle.
We had a very old, VERY large oak tree in front of the house and its root system ran under the driveway.
When the strong winds and torrential downpours pulled the tree slightly to one side, it pulled on the roots under the driveway and made them burst through some of the concrete.
The tree was still standing, mostly due to the fact that, at its age, it had a substantial root system keeping it from toppling.
We appreciated that fact as it was right in front of the house.
Building a Relationship With God – Become Rooted in Christ
But looking at this driveway and seeing the roots underneath made me think about the roots of our faith.
It made me consider how to get closer to God and be rooted in Christ.
We are called to produce fruit. There is much written in the Bible about the fruits of the spirit but also about our production of fruit as believers.
Matthew 7:17-20 is one such verse. It says:
You see, in order for a tree to produce fruit, it has to be healthy. A tree that is unhealthy will not produce good fruit, or any fruit at all.
In order for a tree to BE healthy, it needs to gain sufficient nourishment.
It needs water, it needs healthy soil, it needs food (which it gets from the soil) and it needs sufficient light based on the needs of that particular tree.
Everything, except the light, is provided to the tree by its roots. Without a viable root system, the tree will not gain what it needs to produce fruit.
It will likely just continue to exist without fulfilling its intended purpose or it may wither and die.
To learn how to get closer to God you have to learn that, like that tree, if we do not have a strong root system, we cannot bear fruit and be a light to the world if we are not well rooted (in our case rooted in Christ, rooted in our Messiah Yeshua).
Matthew 13:3-8 says:
This parable that Yeshua shared demonstrates the importance of developing strong roots thereby showing us how to get closer to God, building a relationship with Him and deepening our relationship with others.
He said “since they had no root, they withered away.”
Yeshua made it clear; the lack of roots caused this withering to occur.
How to Get Closer to God – The Deeper the Roots the Greater the Fruit
Have you ever heard the saying “The deeper the roots the greater the fruit”?
Well, we too, like the seeds that fell on rocky ground, will wither away without producing fruit because we lack those roots.
So how do we ensure our roots are like that big old oak tree that was in my yard, resisting wind and rain and the storms of life?
Being rooted and grounded in love!
1 John 4:8:
God is love! Knowing God is knowing love!
How do we know God? His Word!
How do we develop our relationship with God in love?
We become rooted and grounded and produce fruit when we know His Word and do it, showing love to others!We become rooted and grounded and produce fruit when we know His Word and do it, showing love to others! Click To Tweet
Rooted in Christ Through the Word
His Word is the light that gives us growth as the sun gives the tree the light it needs!
Yeshua is the bread of life! He is the living water! He fills us, through His Word just like the tree gets its nourishment through the soil!
The more time we spend in the Word, the deeper our roots run and the more fruit we will produce.
As God’s love takes root in us, we will do that which He desires of us!
Yes, producing fruit is important for the believer in pursuing how to grow closer to God and in being a light to others, but cannot be achieved without healthy roots.
Focus on the roots…being rooted in Jesus…and we will overflow with fruit!Focus on the roots and we will overflow with fruit! Click To Tweet
Have you discovered other ways to draw from the living water, deepen your roots to help you learn how to get closer to God? Share what you have learned in the comments!
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Post updated from 1/20/2019 and 8/28/2020