These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.
In life, it is not the excitable crowd who will prevail. Excitement is wonderful, and you should get excited about the things of God, but excitement alone won’t carry you through the tough times, unless, having gotten excited about what the Word says, you then get excited about the discipline it will take to get to your goal! That is called putting down a root.
Just as there is a physical work out that is designed to make us strong and give us longevity, so there is also a spiritual work out. We must exercise ourselves unto godliness in the gym of the spirit before we will see the Word becoming a manifested reality in our lives.
We all know that champions are never made in the ring; they are only recognized there. Champions are made in the gym. Exams are never passed in the exam room; they are passed in the review classes and the hours of study beforehand. If we want to be crowned champion over the things that challenge us, we must learn how to put down a root.
Putting down a root means commitment. It involves doing what it takes long enough to get a result, and it means not yielding to day to day discouragements that are bound to come our way.
Putting down a root starts with a decision. Once we decide upfront that we are going to act in line with the Word we have received, it is much easier to follow through. You don’t have to pray and wonder every time the challenge comes up. Once you have decided to forgive, you don’t have to wonder if you should retaliate. Once you have decided that you are a one-woman man, you won’t be open to any debate that there should be others; once you have settled it that you will graduate, it’s not a daily decision whether or not to go to class.
As you follow through on your decision, you become firm and unwavering because your root is strong. If you fail an exam, you are not about to quit the program, and if you fight with your wife, you are not thinking about divorce. You are strong to handle the trials that come, because your life is founded firmly on the Word that you are walking out every day.
Decide today that your life is going to be built on the Word that you have heard. You are not a hearer only, but a doer of that Word, and because of that you are a champion!
Pray and decide
Father, today I am grateful for the Word that I have received into my life. Thank you for showing me your ways and giving me revelation of the power of obeying your Word. Today I make a decision to walk in your ways. Thank you for helping me put down a root and stay committed to walking out the Word in my life. Show me what decisions I need to make and lead me into unwavering strength and character as a believer. Thank you, Father that I am strong to survive the storms of life and come out on top!