How Do They Get In There?
One of the interesting things about roots and plants that I confess I never really have given much thought is the question of how the nutrients get into the roots. There is a pretty easy to read article on this in the following link: http://www.eagleheightsgardens.org/plots/soilmove.shtml: If you don’t want to read the article I will summarize it for you. One early agricultural researcher theorized that plants actually had mouths that they used to eat soil. Of course we know that’s not true. What really happens is that the roots have to wait for the chemicals they need to be released from the soil and carried to them by water. There are specifically sized “holes” in the root cells which allow certain sized atoms to enter the root structure. It’s a pretty fascinating process for sure.
Similar to the early misconception about how roots get nutrients, many have similar misconceptions about how we get spiritual nutrients. In Ephesians 3:16-17 we read this: 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; Note that in verse 17 we are told that Christ dwells in our hearts through “faith”. Jesus doesn’t enter the life of a person by good works or by human effort. The only way that Jesus enters into your life is by faith. We need to trust and believe in who Jesus is and what Jesus has done for us. Similar to a plant root, there is a “faith sized hole” through which Jesus Christ enters and there is simply no other way for it to happen.
We can be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ through our faith. That is how Jesus “gets in there”. And once He is in there, He begins the process of transforming us to His plan and purpose. What an amazing God we serve.