Together, We Are Standing Tall
The redwood forest is kept cool and moist with over one hundred inches of rainfall annually. Because of the heavy rainfall, the soil has few nutrients and trees must rely on each other for sustenance. They grow very close to each other and intertwine their roots to share nutrients. This intertwining also provides support for the redwoods to grow tall and withstand the strong coastal winds.
Likewise, Southern Baptists have known the value of working together in supporting the cause of Christ by giving through the Cooperative Program. As brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to provide vital nutrients to each other and to the rest of the world through ministries supported through this mission enterprise. Consider these parallels:
The tremendous amount of rain falling in the redwood forest keeps the proper nutrients from resting in the soil. The soil this world provides cannot provide people what they need to stand the test of time. Spiritual nutrients must be found elsewhere – from the believers who are standing tall together and supporting each other.
Redwoods feed off of each other by being close together and allowing their roots to be intertwined. Southern Baptists also need to stay close together to strengthen one another and to share the nourishment of Christ with a lost and dying world.
As the redwoods tower high above the dense forest, reaching toward the sunlight, the branches gain the energy needed for new branches and foliage. So too do we need to stretch upward toward the Son so that He can expand our reach and grow His fame throughout the earth.
Let’s remember these lessons for the redwoods so that through the Cooperative Program we can honor God near and far.
Written by Dr. David A. Waganer
“The Issacharites… understood the times and knew what Israel should do.” 1 Chronicles 12:32 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)