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The day a tree stops growing
Pastor Daron Lindemann
by Pastor Daron Lindemann
April 9, 2024

One of the largest and longest-living trees in the United States is the Seven Sisters Live Oak in Mandeville, Louisiana. This massive tree is estimated to be over one thousand years old. 

And it’s still growing! 

Actually, there is no such thing as a full-grown tree. The day a tree stops growing, it dies. There is no such thing as a full-grown Christian or a full-grown church either. 

We don’t graduate from learning more about life and God and this world. We don’t graduate from loving God and others more thoughtfully with resources we never knew we could employ. As a church we don’t graduate once we’ve reached a certain size. 

We don’t graduate. We grow personally and organizationally. We keep growing, like a tree, reaching deep, wide, and high.

“Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress” (1 Timothy 4:8,15).

We must not use the free gift of salvation as an excuse, because it is everything but. We are not required to grow in order to be saved, but when we are saved, then we are required to grow. 

It’s still grace. It’s still a gift. Grow in godliness. Give yourself wholly. 

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