The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. -Matthew 13:20-21
We have all been this new believer, in fact, some of us are experiencing it right now. Something clicks one day and the joy overcomes us as we begin to trust and carry a new hope. The excitement of this new feeling engulfs us. We may start reading the Bible more or join a bible study. We may find a church to attend and start praying to God on a regular basis. But imagine doing this alone. What would it be like attending a bible study where you are the only person there? Imagine reading the Bible with no one to discuss it with or present all your questions to. How does one grow in their faith without someone encouraging them? With God anything is possible but I am most sure He intended us to find Him with the encouragement of special people. Satan will see your excitement and notice you are alone and he will attack. Something will happen to make you doubt your new faith. He will make difficulty in your life and leave you alone with your confusion and discouragement. Since your roots are shallow you will start to come loose. Without an accountability partner, a mentor or a close friend of faith you may eventually be uprooted. It is so important to have a friend, a GFF, to walk you along your new faith journey. A GFF can hold you accountable to the new teachings you are trying to follow. She can teach you, counsel you and just walk along with you as you learn new and exciting things about God and His Word. The importance lies in growing deep roots so that life can’t swoop in and tear you out of the ground. Deep roots will hold you firm and steady when storms come and you question why. Deep roots are a product of knowing God’s faithfulness through His promises. Deep roots are accomplished through dedication and good friends. Deep roots must be nurtured and fed. Deep roots are meant to stay for a lifetime.
How deep do your roots go? How are you nurturing you roots? Who do you have in your life to help them grow deeper?