God uses many natural occurrences in order to teach us spiritual principles. One of these is spiritual growth. In nature, growth happens because a plant has its roots anchored in a solid substance (like ground), and because it receives nourishment and water from this substance. In a previous post I spoke about the truth about spiritual growth, and that it does not depend on your actions but on what Christ has already accomplished on the cross. Being rooted in THIS truth, and making Jesus our sole focal point will result in the most natural spiritual growth, the way God intended it to be.
“Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving.” Col 2:7
“And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].” Ps 1:3
Don’t attempt to bear fruit out of your own effort. If you are not naturally fed through the substance of Christ, your own efforts will result in burn-out and failed human attempts. God’s way is always the best way. His yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matt 11:30), because bearing fruit will come without your intervention if you stay rooted in Christ, and what He has already accomplished for you.