High School Youth, Where are your roots?

As the worship leader of the Impact High School Youth Ministry, I recently read a passage of scripture that I shared with my worship band. The passage of scripture is found in Colossians 2:6-7 which in the New Living Translation says:

“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus
as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.
Let your roots grow down into Him, and let your
lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow
strong in the truth you were taught, and you will
overflow with thankfulness.”

When we think of roots, what comes to mind? For high school students, perhaps math and mathematical variables such as square and cube roots come to mind. For musicians, like myself, I think of the roots we use in producing music. A root note is defined as the fundamental tone of a compound tone or of a series of harmonies. We build on a root note to produce a chord. However, still to others, roots have to do with people’s upbringing, culture or heritage. For the majority of people, roots are mostly associated with plants or trees. The interesting thing about roots is that they grow down into the earth in order for the object it is supplying nutrition to can grow. Such is the case spiritually speaking for the Christian youth of this generation. In fact, it is good to know that there are three major functions of roots which can be applied to the maintaining and growing of our daily worship and communion with God.

1) Anchoring of the plant body to the ground
As Colossian 2:7 states, we should be rooted in Christ. The first function of the root is to provide stability. A tree is not going to tip over as long as its roots run deep. When the storms of life come as long, because you are firmly rooted in Jesus, you won’t easily be knocked down. For example, when a tree is cut down, its roots remain in the soil. As time goes by, it will begin to grow again as it springs forth and reaches toward the source of light because it is still plugged into a place where it is receiving nutrition. Think of it this way. The enemy wants to cut you down and discourage you and ultimately destroy you (John 10:10). But when you begin to praise and reach out to Christ the Son, He will begin to build you up again. Jesus will remind you of who you are and where your roots lie. This is what I feel is a major message for our youth generation. The devil can cut you down, but he cannot uproot you from your source of strength as long as you are rooted in Christ.

2) Absorption of water

Ephesians 5:26 says “that He might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the Word.” Water is stored in the roots of a plant for the times of drought to preserve it and keep it from wilting away. Likewise, we must soak up the water of God’s Word. By reading God’s Word daily, it refreshes our spirit and nourishes us. We need this to make sure we are constantly growing. We set aside so much time for other activities such as sports or social media, but we neglect our time with God. Remember that as our roots grow down we begin to grow up and mature as Christians. Just as we are students in the classroom so we must be students in the throne-room of God’s presence and His Word. That way, whenever those dry times come, we can draw on what we have already stored up. I encourage you to treasure your devotional time in God’s Word as an opportunity for growth, nutrition and restoration.

3) Storage of food and nutrients
A plant’s roots store food and nutrients it needs. Likewise, as long as you are firmly grounded in the Word, then you begin to grow stronger in your faith because of God’s Word being your source of spiritual food and nutrition. Your relationship with Christ will be one overflowing with thanksgiving, praise and adoration. According to Psalm 100, verse 4, that is how we are to enter His presence. We feed on His Presence. He speaks to our hearts, reminds us of His promises and we store that inside. The result is us being spiritually fed and enriched. As worshippers, the root of all we are and do is Christ. We know that apart from Him, we can do nothing. Jesus said in John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” He is the source of our strength, supplier of our every need, and He is the source of light.

In closing, to all of the high school youth, I encourage you to know that we must firmly be planted in Jesus Christ so that daily we can grow and mature into what our Heavenly Father has called us to be. Maybe you’re feeling stuck in your walk with God or you feel dry or malnourished. Then grow your roots down into Christ. He alone will satisfy, strengthen and grow you into who He is and who He’s called you to be. When you do, you will find that all you need is found in Jesus Christ, and nothing will be able to uproot you out of your place in Him. Remember, the deeper your roots go, the deeper and more intimate your worship time with God will be and the deeper your life will be in Him. So place your roots in Christ and enjoy His abundant life!

Bryan Apodaca
Impact Worship Leader