You may have heard people joke about themselves saying, “I’m not growing any taller just wider!” So what about you, are you growing up or out? It really depends on where you’re rooted. Colossians 2:6-7 tells us, “Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him…and you will overflow with thankfulness.” It’s easy in this world to allow your roots to wrap strongly around all that’s surrounding you. Your family, home, job, car, church, ministry work, you fill in the blank—everything we do, have, and love in this life can become what we build our very life on, where we attempt to find growth. Before you know it our growth trend is very horizontal or worldly, and the word “growth” no longer represents spiritual or emotional growth, but only an increase in size. Colossians 3:2 tells us, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” We can each make the choice of where to let our roots grow—in Him or in the world. If you feel weak in this area, you’re not alone. Ask Him to track your growth trend, search your heart, and keep your eyes focused on the One who desires to flood you with blessings to the point of overflowing.
– Kim Hendrix