Rooted, Grounded, and Settled
Updated: Oct 15, 2019
My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise. Psalms 57:7
My reading this week is Phillippians and Colossians. As I began Colossians, couple of verses seemed familiar to me. Colossians 1:21 "And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;" Hmmmmmm.
As I continued to read, I discovered another 3 verses with the same words. Colossians 2:6 "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ."
Last week, when Paul was doing his best to describe the love of God to the Saints in Ephesus (a difficult proposition!),I he used the same words. They struck me at the time. Eph 3:17 "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen."
Rooted, grounded, settled, established, unmoved, built up in Him, filled with ALL the fulness of God. These are thought-provoking and powerful words to consider. The dictionary says that "rooted" is the fundamental or essential part (the root of a matter);
the source or origin of a thing; to implant or establish deeply.
I immediately started doing some research (because that's what I do when I get interested in something. I just can't help myself!) What had others said about this concept? I located a couple of other interesting verses.
2 Peter 1:12 "Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth." and,
There appears to be something important about being grounded and rooted in our faith.
Then I hit the jackpot! Neal A. Maxwell (one of my very favorite Gospel thinkers) had quite a bit to say about it. In 1988, speaking to students at BYU, he said, "...you may be the first generation in Church history, because of lamentably changing conditions in the world, who will be asked to believe and to behave “because of the word” and not circumstances. (WOW! So true!) In varying degrees, you will not have the same affirmative influence of societal institutions which once strongly supported the family and principles such as chastity and fidelity. Those supporting influences, in many respects, will, unfortunately fall away like so much scaffolding. Then we will see who stands, both on holy ground and on holy principles!
Happily, Alma elaborated concerning how the gospel seed can grow, nourished by “faith with great diligence, and with patience” (Alma 32:41). Properly nourished, it will develop a good root system, and even when the heat of the sun comes and scorches, it will not wither (see Alma 32:28–38). By using a word as graphic as scorched to describe the heat which believers will feel, the Lord, who is not given to hyperbole, tells us something about the heat that will come, not alone in the rigors of individual life, but also in the special summer of circumstances which Jesus said would come when the leaves of the fig tree sprouted. Matthew 24:32 "Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it (the day of tribulation) is near, even at the doors." That summer is upon us, and only those who are grounded, rooted, established, and settled will survive spiritually....when the Savior urged even his closest disciples to “settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you” (JST Luke 14:28), he spoke of the high cost of discipleship, “signifying there should not any man follow him, unless he was able to continue” (JST Luke 14:31). Clearly Jesus was underscoring the importance of having his followers become thoroughly grounded in the gospel, rooted in resolve, established in their expectations about life, and settled in their devotion to the Savior."
In the October 1992 Conference, Elder Maxwell had more to say likening being "settled in Christ" with consecration. "Consecration is the only surrender which is also a victory. It brings release from the raucous, overpopulated cell block of selfishness and emancipation from the dark prison of pride. Yet instead of striving for greater consecration, it is so easy to go on performing casually in half-hearted compliance as if hoping to “ride to paradise on a golf cart.” (Henry Fairlie, The Seven Deadly Sins, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1979, p. 125.)"
"Increased consecration is not so much a demand for more hours of Church work as it is for more awareness of Whose work this really is! For now, consecration may not require giving up worldly possessions so much as being less possessed by them. Only when things begin to come into focus “with an eye single” do we see “things as they really are”! (Jacob 4:13.) What a view awaits! Only to the degree that we respond to life’s temptations as Jesus did, who “gave no heed unto them,” will we be “free”—free at last! (D&C 20:22; John 8:32.)"
"Jesus counseled His disciples, “Wherefore, settle this in your hearts, that ye will do the things which I shall teach, and command you.” (JST, Luke 14:28.) Getting thus settled precedes consecration. The Prophet Joseph Smith said gospel knowledge “does away with darkness, suspense, and doubt” and how “there is no pain so awful as that of suspense.” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 288.) Being settled keeps us from responding to every little ripple of dissent as if it were a tidal wave. We are to be disciples, not oscillators, like a “reed shaken with the wind.” (Matt. 11:7.) More members need the immense relief and peace which can come from being “settled” without which those individuals will be like “the troubled sea, when it cannot rest.” (Isa. 57:20.)"
"There is another special reason to become settled: we will live in a time in which “all things shall be in commotion.” (D&C 88:91; D&C 45:26.) The uncertainties, upheavals, and topsy-turviness of today’s world will be such that those who vacillate and equivocate will be tossed about by severe turbulence."
My final Elder Maxwell offering. “We cannot be thus settled in doing what Jesus has commanded unless we are first settled about Him. If Jesus were only a man, albeit a very good man, His counsel is merely that of a meridian moralist. It is quite another thing, however, for the Creator of multiple worlds, whose central concern is our individual happiness, to command, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." Our task, therefore, is to "reconcile [ourselves] to the will of God, and not to the will of … the flesh" (2 Ne. 10:24)."
"The poet-prophet Jacob witnessed among Church members how covenant-breaking wounded "delicate minds" and how hearts were "pierced with deep wounds" (Jacob 2:9, 35). He was "weighed down" and so heavy with sorrow because some members esteemed their covenants so lightly (Jacob 2:3). As I witness some of today's walking wounded, I understand Jacob's feelings as never before! Some Church members, alas, are neither reconciled to the will of God nor are they sufficiently settled as to their covenants."
"The Lord, who knows all that through which we will pass, will help us to overcome in our "small moment" of time (D&C 122:4). If we are settled, we will "endure it well" (D&C 121:8) and "hold fast" (1 Thes. 5:21). Endured righteously, "all these things shall give [us] experience, and shall be for [our] good" (D&C 122:7). "Think it not strange" when disciples are called upon to pass through "the fiery trial," said Peter (1 Pet. 4:12)." Elder Neal A. Maxwell Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Ensign, May 1987, pp. 70-72
President Nelson spoke about WHY we need to be settled in 2018: "Our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, will perform some of His mightiest works between now and when He comes again. We will see miraculous indications that God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, preside over this Church in majesty and glory. But in coming days, it will not be possible to survive spiritually without the guiding, directing, comforting, and constant influence of the Holy Ghost....My beloved brothers and sisters, I plead with you to increase your spiritual capacity to receive revelation."
So let's get settled, grounded, established, and consecrated in Christ and His Gospel! Personally I'm going to take these new gospel vocabulary words into my heart and seek to deepen my commitment and conversion to the Savior, His Gospel, His Church and His Prophets.
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