Pastor Matt preached a great message yesterday. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to it, I encourage you to watch it here. His main point is that we grow better together. I’d like to continue that theme today.
I was reading an article a few weeks ago about trees. Tall trees. Some of the tallest trees in the world to be exact. The Sequoia sempervirens or Redwood can grow to over 300 feet tall. In fact the tallest tree in the world is affectionately called “Hyperion” and is over 379 feet tall. That’s twice the size of the Statue of Liberty!
You would think that a 350-foot-tall tree would need deep roots, but that’s not the case at all with the Sequoia sempervirens. Redwood tree roots are very shallow, often only five or six feet deep. But they make up for it in width, sometimes extending up to 100 feet from the trunk. 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.
Did you catch that? These tall trees thrive in thick groves where the roots can intertwine.
What a great picture of the Christian walk. It is true that we grow better when the root systems of our lives intertwine with each other. We can withstand difficulties, trials and tough decisions when we have other believers walking with us. But it’s not just during the difficult times, we are called to honor each other and it is as we walk together we experience the greatest of joys!
Numerous Scriptures call us to be those who do life together rather than doing life alone:
1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Ephesians 5:19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
Colossians 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ,
Philippians 2:1-2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
We grow better together. In fact we grow stronger, deeper and better together!
This month I am encouraging the entire church to join a GROW GROUP. A six week group that gathers together to read Scripture and grow together. It’s a great way to meet new friends, learn about God’s purpose for our lives and grow in our faith. If you haven’t signed up for a group do so now! We have Grow Groups almost every day of the week. Click here for a list of groups and sign up.
Become tall in the faith, by growing better together!