I often walk in the trees. It helps me to reflect on what I'm rooted in. As I see the deep roots of the trees, I ask, "Who are you God, and who am I in light of who you are? Am I rooted in what matters to you or am I rooted in what matters to me?" And that's the big question for all of us. That's the question we're exploring via Proverbs 11–12 in this week's Jesus' Economy Podcast episode, "Be Rooted Like a Tree of Life."
In this sermon, I examine Proverbs 11–12 to show that God calls us to be rooted like a tree of life. That rootedness changes our lives and our communities. Some key verses from these chapters are:
"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. ... In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality" (Proverbs 11:30; 12:38).
That's a powerful thought. Jesus also talked about trees as a metaphor for growing in faith, saying:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches" (Matthew 13:31–32).
The person who accepts the kingdom of heaven, God's wisdom and Jesus' message, not only finds life but becomes a person who offers life. This leads me back to that question I ask among the trees, "Who are you God, and who am I light of who you are? Am I rooted, O God, in what matters to you, or in what matters to me?" Reflect on that today.
What better way to transform our lives in 2020 than by God's wisdom? This podcast episode is a segment of the 16-part series, "Wisdom is a Choice." In this series, we are examining every chapter of the ultimate wisdom book, Proverbs. (Today's sermon was originally delivered on September 8, 2019 at Faith Reformed Church in Lynden, WA.)
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