Rooted & Grounded
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)
Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. (John 12:24 ESV)
The Gospel: New life from the seed
The beauty of a garden begins with the death of each seed. A seed is planted, watered, and encouraged under light only to die. Many seeds don’t make it past this point, but some do. Some spring forth life to become a tiny seedling, barely able to combat the elements of wind and rain, heat and drought. So it is with the gospel. We are all dead in our sin, unable to produce any good fruit of our own. We are helpless apart from the gospel. The gospel is the good news that Christ came to earth as a man, lived the sinless life we never could, and died to save us from our sins. Christ offers salvation to those who repent and believe, sinners who confess their sin to God and cling to Him by faith. We are that dead seed until Christ gives us new life through his blood.
Sanctification: The growth of the plant
The life of the believer begins with the gospel, and we tend to leave the story there. However, we must continue to thrive on the gospel, and this is called sanctification. Sanctification is similar to the growth of the plant, when it springs up from the ground with foliage, buds, and eventually blooms. God does not leave us but sanctifies us to bring about good fruit, showing evidence of Christ’s righteousness within us.
The Purpose of Rooted & Grounded: How the gospel changes us day by day
God began the good work of salvation in us, and he will complete it (Phil 1:6). Sanctification seems like a heady concept, but it is the daily process of God changing us to be more like him. I have struggled in many ways to see how the gospel works day by day, but the moments where God graciously opens my eyes to see how the gospel is changing me have been pivotal times in my life. I’m nervous to share these things because I don’t want to seem like an expert. Instead, I want to share what I am learning for others to grow and rejoice with me. The gospel has always been a message that is meant to be shared, and this blog is a result of that overflow of God’s grace to me.
Jackie Eason is married to Tyler Eason, an elder at Northwest Bible Church. They have two daughters and live in Minnesota. Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, reading, teaching, and attempting to garden during the few mild months that Minnesota isn’t freezing. You can follow Jackie on Instagram @rootedandgroundedblog or twitter @jackie_eason.
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