In this message we are going back to the basics and building a relationship with Jesus. As the world continues to move faster and be more complex, w ehave an invitation to slow down and simplify. It takes time to focus on being rooted in Jesus.
Hey everybody, welcome to Valley Creek. I am so glad to see here today. We want to welcome all of our campuses. Maybe you are in Denton, Flower Mound, Lewisville, the venue and extension site watching online, wherever you’re, we are really glad that you are here with us today because today we are going to wrap up the first pass at our series called rooted in Jesus. But this is not the end of something, it’s the beginning of flourishing because this is more than a sermon series, this is a lifestyle.
You see, as a church, we are in season where we are talking about getting rooted in Jesus so we can flourish in life. In fact, our theme for 2018 is rooted in Jesus, going back to the basics, back to building a relationship with Jesus, moving past just identifying with him and associating ourselves with Jesus to actually connecting to him. And as the world continues to move faster and get more complex, we are invited to slow down and simplify, to go back to the only thing that matters and his name is Jesus. You see what we have been saying in the series is that if we are honest with one another, a lot of our hearts have drifted, that we found ourselves rooted in other things often unintentionally, but we find ourselves kind of drawing from resting on, receiving from the things of this world, the problem is those things never deliver on their promises and they leave you feeling dry and weary and burdened and when you lose connection with the source of life, you will always lose your life.
So Jesus is inviting us to come back home, to rest on, receive from and trust in him and what we have been doing is talking about five roots or five pathways of connection with Jesus and let me just kind of walk you back through where we have been to remind you if you are here and to bring us all up to speed in case you missed one. We said the first one was just engage the scriptures. And notice it says engage the scriptures, not read the Bible because you can read the Bible and completely miss Jesus. The point is to engage the scriptures. We don’t work on the scriptures, the scriptures work on us and the entire Bible is the story of Jesus and what he has done. So when we engaged the scriptures, we don’t look for it from a self-focused perspective, we look at it from a Jesus-focused perspective, not to discover what we have to do but to discover who he is and what he has already done. And we said that when you read the Bible, engage the scriptures, you can ask yourself three questions. What is this teaching me about, who I am, who god is and what I am created to do? And if you don’t engage the scriptures, you don’t have to feel guilty.
You don’t have to feel bad but you will probably feel hungry because the scriptures sustain and satisfy our soul. And then we went on to talk with god, prayer. We said that who you are praying to is more important than how you pray. It’s not about having the perfect right words but who you are talking to are heavenly Father and because of what Jesus has done, we can walk right into the throne room of heaven and talk right to god and then we have to understand that what prayer is that it’s a conversation not a religious ritual. It’s not a last resort, it’s a lifestyle and if you don’t talk with god, you don’t have to feel bad. You don’t have to feel guilty but you probably will feel lonely because you are meant to connect with him. And then we went to godly relationships and we said that all of us are invited to have two or three godly relationships, not just a Christian friend, but people where we talk about, learn about and become more like Jesus together and we said we were created for godly relationships, that it’s in godly relationships you actually experience the tangible presence of Jesus because we are two or three are gathered.
There he is also and those relationships keep you grounded and growing and if you don’t build godly relationships, you don’t have to feel bad. You don’t have to feel guilty but you probably feel like something in your life is missing because it is. And then last week we talked about meeting the needs you see or serving. We said that serving is the pathway to greatness, that serving isn’t just what we do, servant is who we are and that Jesus takes our serving or lack thereof personally. And if you don’t meet the needs you see, if you don’t serve anybody around, you don’t have to feel bad. You don’t have to feel guilty but you probably feel purposeless because it is your purpose and what you are created to do. Are you with me on that so far, which brings us to the last root. Invest your time. It’s the most important of all the roots because it requires time to do all the rest of these. Investing your time is the most important root in getting rooted in Jesus to flourish in life because it takes time to engage the scriptures, talk with god, build godly relationships and meet the needs you see and so the last thing we are willing to give is the one thing that is needed the most if you are going to get rooted in Jesus and flourish in life because let’s be honest, we don’t want to give our time. Anyone want to admit to that today? It has been fascinating over the years to watch as people have changed. It used to be years ago that people would give you their time but they weren’t willing to give you their money or their possessions or their stuff. Now, it’s flipped. People are like, man, take my money, take my possessions, take my stuff but you cannot have my time. And I want you to notice it says invest your time because everyday every person in this room gets the same 24 hours and you get to choose how you use it. And you get three choices. You can invest your time into your future, you can spend your time and never get it back or you can use it in such a way that you are actually stealing from your future.
You get three choices. You can invest your time into the future. You can pay a cost today and get a return tomorrow, get rooted in Jesus today so you can flourish in life in the days to come. Luke 6:38, give and it will be given to you. A good measure press down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap for what the measure you use it will be measured to you. In another words, if you give god your time today, he promises to give you even more back tomorrow. You can invest it in your future. Second thing you can do is you can just spend it. You can spend it and live your life, do whatever you want to do kind of however you feel like living today and never get it back. Ecclesiastes 2:11, but as I looked at everything, I had worked so hard to accomplish. I spent time the way I wanted to, it was also meaningless. Like the chasing of the wind, there was really nothing worthwhile anywhere. You can spend it and once you spend it, you can’t get it back. It’s gone forever.
And then the third option is you can steal from your future. You see, every time you choose to align yourself with the kingdom of darkness, every time you choose to willfully sin, every time you choose to go against god, you’re not just spending your time in the moment, you are actually stealing time from the future. John 10:10, Jesus tells us, Satan comes to steal, kill and destroy. He not only wants to steal your present, he wants to steal your future and so if he can get you to align with him today, what gets set in motion is your life is consequences. And those consequences get set in motion and they get punted into your future. Maybe it’s a couple days, a couple of weeks, a couple of months. Sometimes it’s years later, we then have to spend those days undoing the knots we tied back then taking care of the consequences that got set in motion and now are cascading into our lives. Does that make sense to you? I think we spend a lot of our time. We lose a lot of our time because we stole it already in the past by doing things in the world’s way instead of god’s way. So the question I would ask you is those three options like which is true of you?
Ephesians 5:15 says, be very careful then how you live not as unwise but is wise making the most of every opportunity because the days are evil. You see one of the most important decisions you make in life is how you are going to use your time because it’s the only thing you can’t get back. You can make more money, you can get a new job, you can build new relationships, you can get new possessions, you can discover new opportunities but you can never get your time back. You either invest it or you lose it. And I am convinced that one of the primary things that we see that keeps people from growing on their journey with Jesus is the unwillingness to invest their time. Can you imagine for a moment that first encounter that Jesus and Peter had? Peter was on the shore with his boat. Jesus comes walking by. Hey, Peter, leave your boat, come follow me, I will make you a fisher of men and help you discover your destiny.
Can you imagine Peter would have sat there and said, man, Jesus that sounds really good but I just ain’t got the time for that right now. Like I know you got that gathering that you do Jesus like once a week for about an hour and so if I just look at my life like realistically I could maybe make half of those and then you got to think there will be some holidays and some other things going on, so maybe let’s call it 20 a year and because of my kids and just the stuff you know, I can’t really make it on time. So I will be like 15 minutes late and I probably have to leave a little bit early. Is that cool Jesus? And then you know what, engage the scriptures, like yeah, I don’t really have the time for that but I am sure there is some. Everyday when I am on Facebook, at least one of my friends will post a Bible verse. We will call that good. And then talk with you, maybe we can throw a few texts back and forth when I am sitting in traffic, you know and build godly relationships like if you are expecting me to spend time to build relationships with those guys that are following you. You are crazy.
Like have you seen them? I ain’t got time for that — for those kind of people and meet the needs you see. I got some needs in my own life I am trying to take care of right now, so you know what Jesus, I am pretty excited about this thing. I ain’t got the time for it but I am really looking forward to the freedom and the destiny that you have for me. We wouldn’t be reading about Peter today, would we? He would be like the thousands of other people that let Jesus walk in and out of their life. But Peter was willing to say, okay, Jesus, I will invest my time. And listen I know we are busy. We got places to go, things to do, people to see, activities, work, hobby, school, travel, life. We got all that stuff and here is what we say, if I had more time, I would get rooted. If I have more time, I will get rooted. Like if I didn’t have to raise these kids and if I didn’t have so much responsibility in my life and if I didn’t have to travel for work and if I wasn’t currently in school, if I have more time, I would get rooted. No, you wouldn’t.
Saying you would get rooted if you had more time is like people who say they would tie if they had more money. No, you won’t, because whatever you do with a little bit, that tells you what you are going to do with much. However you handle a little bit of money tells you exactly how you handle a lot of money. However you handle a little bit of time tells you exactly how you handle a lot of time. I mean Luke 16:10, if you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in the larger ones. He tells us, whatever you do with the little is exactly what you would do with the lot but if you are dishonest with the little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And the paradox is if you would just be faithful with the little bit of time you have today, he supernaturally clears your calendar and gives you back even more time. That’s amazing how that works. And here is the deal. You don’t have time for everything but you always have time for the right things. And hear me, you will always make time for what you value the most. How you spend your time tells you what your heart values because you are spending the only thing you can’t get back. Investing your time is tangible trust.
It’s really what it is because what you are saying is that god can build a better life for me with my time than I can build for myself by keeping my own time. And if you will give god your time, he will give you his life. Not your life, he will give you his life, which I submit to you is better than your life. You see, if you really want to get rooted in Jesus, you are going to have to invest your time. I mean just this week, I was playing catch with my son and we were out on the road playing catch back and forth and we live on the corner and my neighbor’s fence and our fence come together. It’s me and Trevor playing catch. I noticed this bare spot and it’s bothered me. It’s where a little tree died like five years ago and this is barren spot. I never did anything about it and as we were playing catch, I looked right over here and here is my neighbor’s spot and he has got this tree, it’s rooted, it’s big now, it’s tall, it’s flourishing, covers up his whole backyard and I am sitting there and I am looking at his amazing tree and I am looking at my barren spot.
You know what I thought? I thought I wonder if I could buy a tree like that. That’s the first thought I had. What if I could go buy or what — because I don’t plant a seed in the ground. I don’t want to buy a little 6-inch sapling and like take care of the thing. I just want this giant tree covering up my backyard like my neighbor has. That’s ridiculous, isn’t it? The only way I can get this tree is by spending the time for last five years, I have been looking at a barren spot, my neighbor has been out there, watering it and taking care of his tree and now it’s flourishing. So I decided I am going to cut it down because if I can’t have one, he can’t either. Here is what I am trying to tell you. I hope my neighbor is not here today. You can’t buy maturity. You can’t insta roots. You can’t go and discover fruitfulness. You can’t find health. You can’t go get strength. The only way you can do is grow it. Every healthy mature follower of Jesus that’s fruitful, that you see they got that way by investing their time. Like think of a farmer. You know what a farmer does? He goes out and he clears the land. Then he tills the soil. He gets all the debris out of the soil. He takes the seed, let’s call it corn. He puts it in the ground, covers it up. He waters it. He fertilizes it. Then what is the very next thing a farmer does, he waits. Imagine if the farmer did all that, went into his house and the next day came out and looked and said, man, it’s broken. It ain’t working. You got to wait and keep watering it, keep fertilizing and eventually it’s going to grow and a great harvest is going to come. That’s what we do here. We clear the land over our heart. We turn up the soil and get rid of the junk.
The life of Jesus gets planted inside of us. We water it, we fertilize it and the very next thing we do is wait. And if you will just keep engaging the process, an amazing harvest will come forth in your life. The problem is that we don’t like it in our insta, have-it-now, microwaveble world. I mean if you just go back to the first century church and you think about this church, I mean in Acts chapter 2, they’re like the flourish, they are healthy, they have signs and wonders, miracles. I mean we look at that church and we think we all want to be like them, but Acts 2:42 tells us exactly why they got that way. It says they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching to the fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayer. They devoted themselves. The word devoted in the original language means to continue to do something with intense effort despite difficulty. Think about it. Devoted, to continue to do something with intense effort despite difficulty, to continue to invest their time with intense effort despite difficulty and look what they were devoted in, to the apostle’s teaching, engaging the scriptures to the fellowship, building godly relationships, breaking bread, which is serving one another, meeting the needs you see and prayer.
They devoted themselves to the rooted process so they got rooted in Jesus and flourished in life. And you might say, well, yeah, but those were the guys that actually walked with Jesus. No, it wasn’t. It says in that group, the disciples and people who just got saved that day and they all got rooted and flourished in life because they were willing to be devoted in the midst of persecution difficulty, death and threat of imprisonment. The Romans wanted to crush Christianity. Can I just make an observation for a moment? American Christianity is not very tough. Is that okay to say? Let’s put us in that lump for a moment. We are kind of wimpy. We’re not all that devoted. We don’t persevere. We don’t push through. We don’t endure well. A little obstacle, a little inconvenience, a little hurdle, we’re like, peace, I am out. I mean it’s so funny like we just do this for so long, you start realizing like the things that people say on why they can’t be part of what’s god is doing, it’s like, man, it’s too rainy, it’s too sunny. It’s too hot, it’s too cold. It’s too windy, it’s too still. It’s a Monday, it’s a Friday. It’s the morning, it’s the evening. It’s too long, it’s too short. It’s too deep, it’s not deep enough. I’m too connected, I’m not connected enough. You told me what too much of advanced notice, you didn’t give me enough advanced notice. You’re like dear lord. And that’s why we don’t grow. Comfort and inconvenience are the enemies of growth. Hebrews 12 says, therefore since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses like those who invested their time before us.
Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance. The race mark out for us, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the Cross, scorning its shame and set down at the right end of the throne of god. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful man so you will not grow weary and loose heart. In other words, he says, hey, if you want to run your race — if you actually want to run your race and live the destiny that god has for you, you are going to have to deal with some inconveniences. You are going to have to persevere. You are going to have to be willing to get around the obstacles and the hurdles and the inconvenient things and endure and press through. You see, what he is telling us is it doesn’t matter how you start, it matters how you finish. No one cares that we are excited about being rooted in Jesus in January and February. What matters is what is it going to be like in May, in July, in September and December. And here is what I would say to you, don’t up root yourself every time it gets hard.
I mean every time there is an obstacle. It’s like we just uproot ourselves out of the ground like, man, I didn’t understand that verse. I ain’t reading it anymore. I prayed and god didn’t answer my prayer the way I wanted him to. I ain’t doing it anymore. I went to a group and there was some weird people there. I ain’t doing groups anymore. Just telling you it’s going to happen until you find the right one, because there ain’t no unicorns, remember that, if you were here. I can’t meet the needs I see because it’s inconvenient. I know man. We uproot ourselves. Here is the deal. I understand that it is really hard to invest your time when you don’t see instant result. That’s called faith, so that is. Galatians 6:9, do not grow weary in doing what is good for at proper time you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. He says every time you engage one of these roots, whether you realize it or not, you are actually growing. Your roots are growing deeper and you will reap a harvest if you don’t give up. If you don’t uproot yourself and you keep persevering and pressing on, god is going to do something amazing.
And the paradox is it changes in here before we ever see it out here. We look out here and say nothing is happening. Listen, the roots grow underground a long time before you see fruit above ground. Your heart is changing before you start seeing it out here. See, we overestimate how much should happen in a day and underestimate how much can happen in a year. Like listen to what Jesus says, Mark 4, he says, this is what the kingdom of god is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows though he doesn’t even know how. All by itself, the soil produces the grain, first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it because the harvest has come. He says a farmer goes out and sows his seed and night or day whether he sleep or gets up, he doesn’t even know how but the thing is growing. I mean how does a seed really grow? Do you know? You don’t know. You just put it in the ground and it starts to grow. How do you grow? You just plant yourself in Jesus and you start to grow. God makes you grow whether you even realize it or not. Some of you are here, your root structure is getting so strong and you don’t even realize you are changing yet. That’s the holy spirit at work. That’s why you feel drawn to come back. That’s why you feel drawn to engage. That’s why you feel like god is doing something. You’re on this verge of an awakening, you aren’t even sure what it is. So don’t give up. Aren’t you glad that he is more devoted to our growth than we are devoted to our own growth?
So here is what I think I have for you. I really think I have a word today for our church. I almost never do this but I feel that’s strongly about it that I think I have a prophetic word for our church that I want to speak over. You say a prophetic word, what’s that? Prophecy is just when we hear from god and speak to people. And new testament prophecy is always three things. It’s always encouraging, exhorting and it’s building up, always. So if it’s not encouraging , it’s exhorting and it doesn’t build you up, it wasn’t prophecy, it wasn’t the lord, you can reject it. And so last year, we were kind of going through the year for me personally, I had to be devoted to a lot of things. I do endure a lot of stuff. I had to persevere. And as we got towards the end of the year, Colleen and I were able to get away for a couple of days and I was just processing with the lord and he gave me this word. It was so clear, I wrote it down and I was like okay that’s the word for me and then as we have been going through the series, the lord brought that back and he said actually that is a word for us and the reason it was so profound to me is because I am part of us and so it’s a word to Valley Creek Church.
Here is what I think it is. I think god is saying, you can’t rush what I am doing in you, but you are going to need what I am doing for the journey ahead. I think Jesus wants to say to you today. You can’t rush what I am doing in you but you are going to need what I am doing for the journey ahead. See, I think right now what’s god is doing in us is he is doing a deep work. He is sinking our roots down into the ground. He is anchoring us. He is building a foundation. He is making us strong so that we will be able to support the fruit and the life that he wants to entrust us with. And however we choose to respond in this season to what he wants to do determines what he can do in the season to come because god is so gracious that if your roots structure isn’t strong enough, he won’t give you that what he wants to do in your life because he doesn’t want to break you or uproot you.
I mean I want you to think about these two verses. Matthew chapter 7 says therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them in practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, the wind blew and beat against that house, yet it didn’t fall because it had its foundation on the rock. It got rooted in Jesus, so it flourished in life. But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on the sand, the rain came down, the streams rose, the wind blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash. I think Jesus is saying right now you can’t rush what I am doing and I am building a firm foundation in your life. So that when the winds and the rains come, you will be able to stand strong. And by the way when you have a firm foundation, you become a shelter for the world to run to when their castles of sand come crumbling down.
That’s what he is doing. And the second word that I want you to see out of this to support this word from god is just kind of our theme verse, one of our theme verses is for the year, Ephesians 3:14. For this reason, I kneel before the Father from whom his whole family and heaven on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches, he may strengthen you with power through his spirit in your inner being a deep work, the rooting in your heart so that Christ may dwell in your heart through faith and I pray that you being rooted and established in love. Remember love is not a feeling, it’s not an action, it’s not a concept. He is a person and his name is Jesus. May I have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measures of all the fullness of god ready. Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than we ask or imagine according to his power that is within us. He is saying you can’t rush what I am doing in you but you are going to need and you are going to want what I am doing in you for the days ahead because I am about to do immeasurably more than you could ask or imagine in your life.
I am about to overload you with fruit. I am about to overload you with goodness. I am going to give you opportunities and platforms and influence and encouragement and breakthrough and revelation and wisdom and jobs and hopes and futures but you are going to need the root structure to withstand it. So you can’t rush it and you have to lean into it. And the crazy part about the word from god is once he gives it to you, you get the choice on what happens to it. Do you steward it or you let it go? You know what it requires? Faith. Hebrews 11:1, faith is being sure of what we hope for certain of what we do not see. See if you can catch this with this verse. Faith is being sure of what I hope for, the flourishing, that’s going to come and certain of what I do not see that my roots are growing even though I don’t realize it. Faith is being sure of what I hope for. I am hopeful that god is going to do immeasurably more than I could ask or imagine in my life and certain of what I do not see, that is, as I engage these things, my roots structure is growing and I will be able to withstand the goodness and grace of god that he wants to place on my life. That’s call faith. Psalm 37:4, delight yourself in the lord who give you the desires of your heart. Matthew 6:33, seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and everything else will be added onto you. Proverbs 3:5 and 6, trust in the lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understating even when it doesn’t make sense and all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight. And I feel it’s counterintuitive, doesn’t it? Because we want to build this big life and so we feel like we are going in the wrong direction.
But you have to remember is that in the kingdom of god, down is always the way up. If you want to go up, go down. You want to get wider, go deeper. You want more fruit, get your roots going. Humble yourself under god’s mighty hand that he may lift you up in due time. Are you with me on that? And I realize it feels so counterintuitive even for us as a church. Like for us is a church right now, you know what we should be doing? We should be launching the next campus. We should be adding things to the calendar. We should be creating new events and initiatives and so as we are kind of going through this year, I’m like yeah lord that word apply to us as individuals not us a church, right? You can’t rush what I am doing, but you are going to need what I am doing for the journey ahead. It’s true for all of us. Faith is the belief that god can build a bigger life with your time than you can build with your time. And if you will give god your time, he will give you his life. Are you with me on that?
So it’s what we are going to do all year, because doesn’t matter how we start, matters how we finish. We are going to engage the scriptures and I would encourage you every month we are going to give you a new reading plan. I think you got the fresh one today just a chapter a day or taking you all throughout the scriptures, get one of the rooted journals, they are five bucks in the café that have all the questions and how to even read the chapter. Do that, watch what god will do throughout the year. Talk with him and just pray and just start little moments in life just talking with god. Build some godly relationships, just find the one. Just even say if I could have a one by the end of the year, you know how strong my root would be. Join a group. Join a serve team. Go to the rooted experience every Monday morning at 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. for the entire year, even if we get to November and there is only three of us that actually show up anymore for it. By faith, we are doing it because I am sure of what I hope for and certain of what I do not see and we will help you grow. Meet the need you see. You don’t have to join a serve team. You could join a serve team or you go to the next step center. Maybe it’s just meeting the need you see in your life and then invest your time.
And you say I can’t do all that. Listen when I say invest your time, I am not saying god wants your 24 hours every day. He does but not in the way you think about it. So maybe you just got to give god five minutes a day. Listen when a seed starts growing — don’t let this overwhelming — when a seed starts growing, you know what starts? One root. So if you are like, I got to do all that? No. Just take a next step in any of it. Like what is your next step? You might normally come 15 minutes late to church. Maybe you come 10 minutes late to church. That would be a step of faith. I am dead serious. I am dead serious because what are you saying in that. You are saying that if I give god five more minutes even though I don’t feel like it today, something is going to happen in my heart that I am completely unaware of. That’s why it’s called faith and that’s why it’s underground, that’s why you don’t see it. But it brings breakthrough. And what does it require? Time. You see, you will always struggle giving god your time until you first believe he has given you eternity. You will struggle giving god your hours until you believe he has given you forever. That’s why Psalm 90:12 says, teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. In other words, the Psalms says, help me have an eternal perspective so I can actually know how to live my life because an eternal perspective gives you daily wisdom. An eternal perspective teaches you how to invest your hours, your days, you weeks and your years. And if you are hearing like I don’t know just then — just ask god, give me a desire to get rooted in you and if you don’t want to invest your time, listen, you don’t have to feel guilty. You don’t have to feel bad. I hope you pick that up in this series. That’s the best thing about this entire series. It is all about the goodness of Jesus. This is not guilt. This is not shame. You don’t have to do it.
I am just telling you what you will miss. I don’t know. You will just never experience the fullness of your potential, because without time you will never flourish in life. You will have a barren spot sitting over your heart instead of a fruitful tree blossoming and flowering. In fact, here is a fascinating question to just ask yourself. When is the best time to plant a tree? When is the best time to plant a tree? You know what the answer is? 20 years ago because its roots will be strong, its trunk will be big and its fruit will be abundant. Do you know when the second best time to plant a tree is? Today, because the decisions you make today determine who you are going to be tomorrow. In John chapter 12, to pull it altogether, Jesus says, I tell you the truth unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone, but its death will produce many new kernels, a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me because my servants must be where I am and the Father will honor anyone who serves me. Jesus is talking about himself and he likens his own life to a seed that when he died and was buried in the ground, it was a seed that brought an abundant harvest fruit in your life. But he is also saying your life is like a seed and you get a choice on what you are going to do with it. You see, if you think of just the seed right here, if you take the seed and you plant it in a box, in a cup, in a bowl, in a cupboard, in sand and water, nothing is going to happen, but the moment you put it in soil, it awakens.
And its potential is released. Your life is a seed and if you plant it in work, hobbies, activity, money, addictions, the things of this world, nothing is going to happen, but the moment you plant our life in Jesus, you will awaken and the fullness of your potential is being released. John 15:5, Jesus says, if you remain in me and I and you, you will bear much fruit. But apart from me, you can do nothing. He says if you get rooted in me, I promise you will flourish in life but without me, you can do nothing. You will stay a seed forever and you will never blossom and bloom. There is unlimited potential in this seed and there is unlimited potential in your life but it’s never released until it is planted. Because when a seed is planted in the ground, it submits and surrenders itself and gives up control. When you get planted in Jesus, you are submitting and surrendering yourself giving up control and he says now, now, get ready for what I am going to do. And so here is what we are going to do together in a moment. We are going to invite you to buy faith if you want to, get up and take one of these seeds at the boxes that are around and plant it in the soil. And you are like for real bro, we are going to plant a seed inside? Yes, we are. And here is what this is. This is called an active faith. It’s called the prophetic declaration. It’s making a physical gesture that represents a spiritual truth and you say was that in the [indecipherable] [0:35:58.5] all over the Bible. A prophet once told the king, shoot an arrow out of window and he was going to win a victory.
Another prophet told a man with leprosy, go wash in the river seven times and you will be cured. Water doesn’t cure leprosy. God told the Israelites, march around the city of Jericho six days and on the seventh day, the walls of the city would fall down and they would be able to take the city. The whole point was it was by faith. They were moving physically to say I believe spiritually and supernaturally that this is a picture of what is happening in my life. And so in a moment, we are going to invite you and when you come, there is seeds right here and when you pick one up, here is my encouragement to you. When you pick it up, what do you need to uproot yourself from? Because before you can get rooted, you got to get uprooted and maybe you need to uproot yourself from that addiction, from work, from hobby, from some relationship, from activities, I don’t know what it is. What’s that thing that you rest on, receive from trust in? Uproot yourself from that thing and then by faith, plant your life in Jesus and watch what he will do.
Colossian 2:6 and 7, our theme verse. So then just as you receive Christ Jesus as lord — if you have never put your faith in Jesus, today is your day. Today is the day to say, Jesus, by faith, I believe that you died for me and now I get to live with you, that you have forgiven me of my sins that you have taken my brokenness and instead you’re exchanging and giving me your life. So just as you receive Christ Jesus as lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthen in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. You don’t have to do this and it’s really okay. But if you buy faith, I want to say this year I am giving my life to be rooted in Jesus so I can flourish in him. I just want to invite you to respond. See, we have ended every message, every root in this series by talking about repentance, changing our thinking, changing our thinking and say I don’t want to think about it that way anymore. I want to think about it this way and repentance isn’t only changing our thinking. When your thinking changes, your direction changes. So today is the reflection point. It’s a decision moment. It’s a decision to say I am going to repent, I am going to stop going my way and I am going to start going god’s way and I am going to take a small step of faith to believe that the potential of my life gets released when I am rooted in Jesus. So for the next few moments, these guys are going to pray. We are going to respond and then we will close it with prayer. And so as you feel led, if you want to participate how you want to participate, we want to invite you to respond and then we will close it together.