I love the word of focus the Lord gave OEUSA this year, “Growth.”
Let me tell you a brief story. About ten years ago I bought a plant for my wife on Valentine’s Day. I honestly don’t know the name of the plant, but it has the hardiest green leaves and resilience that is incredible. We go away on vacation or missions’ trips for weeks at a time, and upon our arrival home, the plant looks sickly with brown leaves. We water it, and within a day it’s back, as beautiful as ever! We’ve repotted this plant a couple of times, being careful of one thing, its roots!
Okay, here’s what I’m thinking. In the Christian church, we have to be ever so mindful of our roots. Salvation is not earned! We are saved by grace through faith…it is the gift of God. Eph. 2:8. That gift was the person of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. “Salvation is from the Jews.” Jn. 4:22. That is to say; it is available through Jesus. We are the believing branches that have been grafted into the tree. Yes, the root existed long before the branches! But we now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root! Rom. 11:17-18.
It doesn’t matter how large we grow, or the magnitude of our leaves and fruit. We would do well to remember that we do not support the root, but the root supports us. Just as we’ve been grafted in, the Gardener is regrafting branches previously broken away. What a tree! Hardy, healthy and vibrant!
Pastor Bill Clark
OEUSA Planning & Development Director