DayBreaks for 12/29/14 – Cut Off at the Roots
It’s over for another year, this thing we call Christmas. Are you breathing a sigh of relief? Many are. Perhaps now that the day-after-Christmas sales are over you feel you can relax.
There is something else that happens after Christmas is over and you can see the evidence of it all over the streets of America in the coming days or weeks: the Christmas trees will be put out by the curb to be picked up by the garbage disposal company. Soon all those trees will be in landfills all over the country.
I’d be willing to guess, however, that long before you threw out your tree, something started happening to it: the needles started to dry out and fall from the tree, snagging themselves in the carpet pile and making it hard to clean up. It doesn’t matter if you put sugar in the stand at the base of the tree or not, the needles will still dry out and drop. Why? Because the tree has been cut off and no nourishment really moves up the trunk – the roots are missing.
Perhaps as we face a new year that is pregnant with possibilities and uncertainties, we need to draw a parable from that dried out tree. We’ve come through a season filled with songs about the nativity, people who seldom darken a church door went to a Christmas Eve service. And now that Christmas is over, they may feel that their duty is done for the year (or at least until Easter). And you may also feel that you can now forget about Jesus for a while. If you do, you will soon find yourself like that Christmas tree – dried up, falling apart – for the same reason: you’ve been cut off from the root and have no nourishment.
Don’t let that happen! Too much is at stake! You will miss out on so much! Continue to grow and send down roots deeply into the soil of the life of Christ, drinking up all you can of the infinitude of what He has to give you!
PRAYER: Lord, let us not kick back and relax and forget about you now that the Christmas is over. Let us use this new year to grow deeper and stronger in our relationship with you rather than drying up and withering away! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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