A couple of weeks ago I went to my family reunion. It’s always good to see family members you haven’t seen in years and meet those you never knew. You walk around and greet people and you laugh about the “good ole’ days.” When I read the reunion theme “My Roots Run Deep,” I quickly thought about my deceased grandmother. She was truly a God fearing woman filled with the Holy Spirit. When I was younger and I did whatever I pleased and said whatever I wanted, she would always say “God has a plan for you.” I would always laughed and say, “Okay Grandma, when He is ready He will let me know.” I thought about Jeremiah 1: 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (KJV) “Wow, even when my Grandma was convinced that God had a special plan for my life.” Then I thought about my parents and how God had ordained for them to get married and conceive me, Keviyona.
As I further pondered the theme “My Roots Run Deep,” I thought of Jesus and how I am a child of the King. Luke 8:19- 21 says Then His mother and brothers came to Him, and could not approach Him because of the crowd. And it was told Him by some, who said, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see You. But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it (NKJV).” As I read this I thought, “Wow, my roots really do run deep because I am kin to Jesus!” Despite how dysfunctional my family is or what I have done, I am kin to Jesus. This led me to do a self-check; if I am connected to Jesus then I should be working daily to be more like Jesus. Of course I will never be perfect like Him, but I can treat people right and listen and obey God’s word ALL the time. I need to walk into my destiny knowing that this is God’s will for my life. I don’t have to be afraid because I am royalty.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV) This passage of scripture reminds me that royalty stands for something. Remember the cliché, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything”? Well, today I am choosing to take a stand! My roots go back to Jesus, which means I am royalty and I need to conduct myself as such. My roots run deep!
Thank You for keeping me connected even when I don’t always do and say what’s right. Teach me to walk boldly and upright because I am a child of the King. Thank You for helping me to realize, in spite of my mess, I am royalty. Help me to conduct myself as royalty so that I am pleasing to You! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Today, I EMPOWER you to look pass what you have been through and what you are going through and say “My roots run deep; I am royalty.” Your past does not matter, you are still a child of the King! Stop focusing on who people say you are and focus on who Jesus says you are: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” (1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV) You are special because your ROOTS RUN DEEP!
Mrs. Keviyona Ray is an ordained minister and co-pastor in training of The Christ For All People International Church. She is passionate about sharing the word of God with everyone she encounters. As a professional, Keviyona is a teacher for Chicago Public Schools. She loves her ministry of teaching and changing children’s lives. She is a devoted wife and mother of a wonderful daughter. Two of her favorite scriptures are Jeremiah 1: 5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations and Proverbs 29:18 – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.