“Fruit is fun and it’s beautiful, it’s a Testament of what God’s doing in our lives and in other’s lives. We love to celebrate the fruit, but fruit only comes when we have healthy roots. What we really need to do is to learn to celebrate our roots even as much or more than the fruit, because healthy roots will always produce healthy fruit, but the flip isn’t always true. Healthy fruit does not produce healthy roots.” — Pastor Joaquin Evans
Joaquin Evans, senior leader of Bethel Austin, shows us the importance of allowing the Lord to grow deeper roots in our lives .
Sometimes we need to revisit and reflect on the past that helped us to where we are now. Going back to the foundation stones such as the practices, the principles, and the expression of worship with childlike faith. This childlike risk is one of the things we are specifically reminding the church of. That childlike faith causes us to take risks with God. As a body of believers we are excited to take every new risk with that kind of faith being a part of what got us here. Talking about seasons and knowing the season you’re in gives value to the roots of our foundation.
We need to know the difference of the seasons. Knowing that winter is part of God’s plan just as much as hibernation. When that season comes, those are times from God that are actually preparation for what he’s doing, it’s all part of God’s plan and what he’s growing.
Do we recognize that God is growing us? Are we tuned in to the reality that God is growing us? Or have we bought into a little bit of hysteria that says just because some leaves have fallen off in places, things have turned brown or dead here on the surface. Then we could say is this the end? Or is this the way to the end. Things may be dying, hibernating, or regenerating. God is providing opportunity for growth at a deeper level. He is inviting you to put your roots deeper.
About Bethel Austin
We are a church that passionately pursues the presence of God and seeks to continually be led by the Holy Spirit. We are passionate about equipping believers to become empowered saints and to raise up leaders who will influence cities, regions and nations for Kingdom purposes. Our heart is to foster vibrant families and a thriving community. We are generous people willing to do whatever it takes to see lives transformed and revival sweep the nations so that Jesus gets His full reward.
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