The Roots - Below the Surface
The Roots symbolize the below the surface aspect of our discipleship: the parts that most people don’t see. This is where our spirituality is developed; it’s the inward life – the ‘being’.
Our discipleship deepens as we develop relationships of accountability with people who will help us stay true to our desire to live in complete obedience to Jesus. We need accountability in our lives to give us strength and courage for our journey of discipleship.
Our spiritual friends give us strength in our areas of vulnerability and courage in our areas of weakness to step into all that God is calling us to be. Scripture reminds us:
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.’ Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Jesus himself developed a deeper relationship with three of his twelve disciples. Jesus often drew away with his closest group: Peter, James and John. Solomon writes:
‘Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up.But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!’ Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)
Spiritual Accountability can occur through meeting with a Triplet.This is where we gather with just a couple of other fellow disciples (of the same gender) to develop relationships of accountability which help us live our daily lives as disciples of Jesus. Gaining a Spiritual Mentor is also a great way to help us stay accountableto our Discipleship to Jesus.
‘By yourself you’re unprotected. With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A three-stranded rope isn’t easily snapped.’ - Ecclesiastes 4:12 (MSG)