Take ROOT downward and bear FRUIT upward
A short phrase has been on my mind “Take root downward and bear fruit upward”, which comes from a prophecy by the prophet Isaiah to King Hezekiah. “The surviving remnant of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward; for from Jerusalem a remnant shall go out, and from Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this (2 Ki 19:30–31). The essence here God reassures King Hezekiah of Jerusalem’s survival by giving him a sign that the Assyrian would not conquer Jerusalem. The remnant of Jerusalem will survive, thrive and flourish.
As disciples of Jesus Christ how do we take root downward and bear fruit upward? Here are three ways in which we can:
We must be rooted in the Lord Jesus Christ: “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving”
We must be rooted in God’s Word. The Psalmist speaks about the righteous man as “…his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night” (Psalms 1:2). We should rely on God’s Word daily
We must be rooted in our local church: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Heb. 10:25).
Beloved in Christ, I pray that we take courage from the word of God – 2 Ki 19:30–31, continue to be faithful, continue to become rooted in Christ, and expect that the zeal of the Lord to do greater things as we wait on Him, even as we do the Alpha Course! In Jesus name .