The meme is a summary of the whole point of Roots Season--living with the identity, security, and purpose of a person who has a family tree rooted in God's promises to Abraham.
The goal of Roots Season, February 14 - March 24, is to get this meme on your mind and watch what God does then.
Meme = Declaration + Prayer + Image
Without adding any time or pressure to your schedule, the meme affects how you See Yourself iN Christ.
The Roots Declaration (below) tells us who we are because of those roots. The Roots Prayer invites God to empower us for our part in the mission of everyone who has those roots. The Roots Image helps us remember both.
The Roots Declaration
The "Roots Declaration" is, "This is an Abraham day, and we have roots."
The Roots Declaration is about belonging to something bigger than we are, something that started a long time before we got here. We are not all alone in life. We are not lost or aimless.
The Declaration takes us back 4000 years to the time when God, through Abraham and Sarah, launched his plan to create one nation or people (the Jews) to be his main agent in the restoration of the world. Their mission was to bless all other peoples and nations with blessings they got from God. (Gen. 12.3)
And because of Jesus the Messiah we get to be in on this! "The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance." (Eph 2.14, The Message)
We get to join the group that has that mission! We get to wake up in the morning knowing that we are part of God's ancient plan to bring good to everyone everywhere, and nobody can take that away from us!
That is what it means to be in SYNC with our roots in Abraham. So goodbye insecurity. Goodbye boredom. Goodbye to that feeling of being left out or second-class. "This is an Abraham day, and we have roots!"
Button: More about Abraham (link to Rescuer)
FAQ: Does that mean we are Jewish?
DISCLAIMER . . .]
The Roots Prayer
The "Roots Prayer" is, "Make us fulfillments of your ancient plan. Let us bless, let us bless, let us bless."
The Roots Prayer SYNCs us with God's intentions when created his people-group through Abraham. Since we know we have roots in Abraham, we know we have a share in the job to do--blessing the world because God wants it blessed.
This is our dance, our way of moving in SYNC with the drumbeat of our roots in Abraham. As we do that, we are part of God's fulfillment of his promise to Abraham!
This is a great way to live! We don't hate anybody. We are not against anybody, wishing for their failure or punishment. We are here to bless. As we read in 1 Pt. 3.9 (The Message), "No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing."
Many people assume God is basically in the judgment and punishment business. They do not realize that with Abraham, he changed the game. He is no longer just giving commands and punishing people when they disobey. Genesis 3-11 shows that that never works with humans.
In Genesis 12 he calls Abraham. From then on he is proactively working to bless people and get them to trust him like they should have all along but didn't.
FAQ: God playing favorites?
Why did God have to come up with a strategy that put one nation in a different role than others? Why couldn't people just all get all the blessing they needed without any special help from some other group?
No doubt God could have established separate links for each nation or ethnic group, but that would not have unified them in the way God wanted. Conflict between the groups could still have gone on, with each group claiming God was on its side because each group had separate access to him.
Blog post on the special assignment of Abraham's descendants, and why it gives us no bragging rights.]
The Roots Image
The Roots Image (top of page) shows a massive tree with massive roots. This tree is not going anywhere. It is solid, just like we are in SYNC with Christ.
"And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you." (Gal. 3.29, NLT)