Together, We Are Reproducing Ourselves
The redwoods are different from other trees, in that they are able to regenerate themselves. They reproduce by starting new shoots from older branches and parts of the trees that are no longer useful. As the tree grows, part of it fall to the forest floor because of the thick, crowded conditions, giving space for other trees to grow and thrive. The Douglas firs, tan oaks, ferns, and even mushrooms will grow near the redwood benefitting from the nutrients is provides. The deep ground cover from the tree shedding also provides refuge for deer and other animals.
Considering the pattern of the redwood, what are Southern Baptists doing to reproduce ourselves? As believers, we should be in the business of sharing our faith with others daily. Some hold back from sharing Christ. What a tragedy! Others do not see it as a personal responsibility to share the Gospel- yet Christ has commissioned all of us to share Him with others to the ends of the earth.
The Cooperative Program offers Southern Baptist congregations an opportunity to join with other churches in supporting missions. As each church gives to support missions, we reproduce and make this world a place of refuge for people in need.
Written by Dr. David A Waganer
“And what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” 2 Timothy 2:2 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)