This story is full of what people could see and how it affected them. The pharisees jealous of the numbers Jesus was attracting, the woman who saw the differences between Jews and Samaritans, the disciples who saw something out of the ordinary. Compare all this to what Jesus saw.
If we as Christians are to withstand the elements of life, then our roots need to go deeper. We are incredibly good at developing shallow roots. We get involved in lots of activities, we cover a lot of ground in church, we are busy, loyal, dedicated people. There is a lot of surface activity but not very much depth. Paul writing to the Ephesians tells them that he prayed for their roots. He said this in 3:17 ‘May your roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvellous love.’ (nlt) The question tonight is how do we develop deep roots?