We see broken people becoming whole, through the love of Christ.To build a community in which to belong, grow and serve. To love our neighbours by helping them overcome spiritual and physical needs. To contribute to Spirit-filled transformation in the city of Guelph.
In the great storm of 1987, and again in 1990, a number of trees in the royal garden at Buckingham Palace were knocked down. Ravi Zacharias notes in one of his books [Cries of the Heart, p. 185] that when he and his wife were living in England they saw some of these downed trees around the palace. Ravi’s wife, Margie, realized something about these enormous trees. She noticed that although the trees had large trunks and many, long branches, they had terribly small roots. Their root systems were underdeveloped for the size of the tree. Ravi goes on to point out that it is cold winters that push the roots down further into the ground. That England has relatively mild winters meant that these enormous trees had faced few cold winters, so they had shallow roots.
As Christians, if we are to face high winds in this world, if we are to face difficulties, challenges, affliction, and (potentially most seriously) temptation, we need to develop deep roots spiritually speaking. But what is it that creates deep Christian roots? How do we develop roots of faith? Is it private devotions? Is it understanding doctrines of the faith? Is it reading the Bible? Prayer? Serving? What is it? Do you feel that you have deep roots in Christ? When difficulties come, when it gets hard to live for Jesus, do you feel your deep roots drawing up water and strength from deep underground? Or do you feel yourself starting to get blown over?
The Bible uses many illustrations from farming and agriculture. We read in the New Testament about the fruit of the Spirit. Jesus refers to himself as the vine of which we are the branches. In our text today Paul prays for the Christians in Ephesus. In his prayer he uses another image from agriculture and plants. He prays that they will be “rooted and established” in love. These are plant words. These describe a plant setting down deep roots and being established in the soil so that it can grow up strong and full.
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