Roots Come First 


Have you ever compared yourself to a tree? Most will answer, “no” unless they do a comparison on a much deeper level.

They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.  Jeremiah 17:8 

A tree isn’t a tree without roots. Our spiritual roots keep us grounded when we are grounded by God and His word. A tree’s root is stability and steadiness like God’s word is for guidance and strength. A tree’s root seeks water to survive just as we search and reach for God’s word. When we live our lives dependent upon God’s word and guidance, our leaves will always be green. If we will stumble, just as drought comes to a tree and its roots, we should seek the help from God just as that tree reaches out for water. 

So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  Matthew 7:15-20

Christians are fruit bearing trees that flourish when we build and expand His Kingdom. God’s word challenges and charges us to bring others to know Him. It’s difficult to convince someone to join you to be a Christian if you bear no fruit. It’s important to bear fruit of the spiritual kind.  We should strive to bear the beautiful fruits of the spirit that God so desires in us.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness.  Galatians 5:22

People sometimes come to me for prayer, counseling and just a shoulder to lean on and I am certainly not perfect.  But I want my “spiritual fruit”, my life witness, and the very essence of who I am to shine God’s love on others.  We may be the only taste of Jesus, the love of God that someone feels that day.  A willing vessel is one that bears good fruit.

The LORD will keep you from all harm– he will watch over your life.  Psalm 121:7

Spring is here and as we all love looking at the beautiful blooms and flowers that God created, we should be reminded that they require water and nurturing to survive. Just like we need God’s word to keep our own roots saturated with His guidance to flourish with His love.  Remember, you can’t be a tree without roots!



Sabrina Nelson is a loving wife who is blessed beyond measure.  A servant’s heart is woven into her being and her focus is giving to others and leading them to know Jesus on an intimate level.  She is the Alabama area coordinator for Compassion That Compels; a ministry and non-profit organization that reaches women battling cancer with Compassion Bags. Sabrina is married to her best friend JP.  She has an amazing mom, two incredible step-daughters, and one precious granddaughter. Follow Sabrina onFacebook,  Twitter@sabrinamnelson or Instagram sabrina.mixson.nelson