Sunday, June 23, 2013
He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
The largest trees in the world grow in northern California. Some of the giant Sequoias grow over 300 feet tall and more than 30 feet wide. What makes these trees unique, besides their sheer size, is their root system. Most trees have roots that grow as deep and long as they are tall. While you would assume a Sequoia would have massive roots the reality is their roots are quite shallow and short. The Sequoias survive because they only grow together in groves where the roots intertwine and connect feeding and stabilizing the entire forest. Their “togetherness” allows them to grow big and strong.
God provides all the spiritual resources we need to grow up “to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” as we are “rooted and built up in Him.” (Ephesians 4:13) We are like the Sequoias when we gather together and are involved with His church. Embrace your gift and play your part. Our roots are too shallow if we live the Christian life alone. Together we are encouraged, intertwined, strengthened, and stabilized.
I’m look forward to spending time fellowshipping after the services this weekend. We’ll have ice cream on Saturday and pizza on Sunday. Please introduce yourself to me if we haven’t met yet or you’re new to the church. Let’s take some time to connect together with old and new friends. We’ll all be stronger for it.