Wednesday, July 30, 2014

life in community

"The Christian life is meant to be lived in community... the important thing is to get involved in some small group of Christians so that you can be 'one-anothered' by them. 

"I came across a great illustration of the need for Christians to be in community with each other. A grove of sequoia trees is a wonderful sight; majestic trees reaching up to 300 feet into the sky. But did you know that the sequoia tree has its roots just barely below the surface, and in some cases on the surface?  How is it possible that such a tall tree can have such shallow roots and not blow over in a high wind? The answer is that they grow only in groves and their roots intertwine under the surface of the earth, making one huge mass of intertwined roots extending throughout the grove. So, when the strong winds come, they hold each other up; they are supporting and upholding one another. A single tall sequoia tree could never stand up to the wind; it would just blow over. 

"And this is just what Christians should be doing. An isolated Christian, no matter how tall and strong he or she looks, can be blown over by the wiles of the devil and the winds of our godless culture. But a group of loving and supportive Christians, with roots in Christ and intertwined with each other, will stand even under strong winds. 

"So the Christian life is meant to be lived in community." (David Kingston)

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