So then, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, being rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with gratitude. Col. 2:6-7
I recently attended the pastor ordination service for Josh Jordan. As the charge to the church was given by Bro. Jeff Crabtree, he talked about the root system of the redwood trees. What he said has continued to replay in my mind. According to Jeff, (and verified by Google), the redwood tree roots are very shallow, often only five or six feet deep. They thrive in thick groves where the roots can intertwine and even fuse together. This gives them tremendous strength against the forces of nature. This way they can withstand high winds and raging floods. Bro. Jeff told the church that just as the roots support the tree and help it to stand, we should support Josh and his family in the ministry to help them stand during difficult times. At that moment, I had a wonderful vision of our church as we have been able to stand so many times because we had the arms of many others around us – supporting us. That is what church family is – a root system that extends outward, intertwines with others, and fuses together, so that, through the storms of life, we are able to stand! What a wonderful picture of a church family!
Although it wouldn’t make sense in Kentucky, I think Redwood Baptist Church would be a wonderful name for our church. Throughout the years (long before Bobby and I came), there have been men and women of God who have stood faithful and strong through very trying times. As a result, they stand strong today. What a special blessing it is to be part of a family of believers who come together, link arms, and stand strong for one another, so that we are able to make it through the tough times, and so that we have others to share in our joy during the good times.
But it is important to note that these believers aren’t able to stand only because they have those shallow roots that have reached out to one another. They first had to have the deep roots of abiding in Christ. I am so very thankful for the saints of God in this church, as well as in other churches, who have been such godly examples for me of what it means to be deeply rooted in Christ.
You may be thinking of some saint of God who has been a special blessing in your life. If so, please take time this very day to thank them.
I know I intend to!