I was trying to figure out how to explain our upcoming mission to Mexico. Obviously, I must tell you all about it. The problem is, there is a lot more to convey than the simple fact can embody. As I sat on my back porch, wondering how I would explain this, I stared at an old walnut tree. My mind began to drift, as it tends to do from time to time. I started thinking about the roots of that tree. Those roots are surely important. They reach deep into the ground to absorb the nutrients and water from the soil.
These nutrients and water blend together to become a single mana for the tree. On the opposite end are the leaves. These also are incredibly important. The leaves nourish the tree by collecting sunlight. It was the rest the tree that caught my drifting mind, however. From the roots the tree is one large trunk. For the most part, compared to the roots and the leaves, the trunk doesn’t seem as important. It’s mostly just a conduit between the leaves and the roots. The life-giving mana from the roots and from the leaves, pass through the trunk, but the trunk doesn’t really add to this. So, I began to wonder, what would it be like to be the trunk.
As the trunk goes up, it leads to a few branches. Those lead to more branches. This continues on and on until we get to those aforementioned leaves. As a branch, between trunk and other branches, the job seems pretty lame. Most people are will to cut off a branch, since it’s pretty unimportant. The thing is, the branch is very important, just as important as the leaves and the roots. The branch doesn’t concern itself with gathering sunlight or absorbing water. These things are not the job of the branch. The branches job is pass the life-giving mana on to the rest of the tree. The branch is the ultimate giver. It receives and abundance of nutrient and takes only what it needs and passes the rest on to where it is needed.
When I thought about this, I began to see how it related to our mission in Mexico. If we think of the people in Mexico as the leaves. Then Salt and Light would be those tiny branches that hold and feed the leaves. We are the trunk and the larger branches. So, some of us will get closer to those leaves. Some of us will travel to Mexico this summer and maybe even provide some direct nourishment to them. What of the rest of us though? Will we be unimportant? Does this mission have nothing to do with us?
Though we may not be close to it, and we may not be going there, we still have a very important part to play. Like the branches, we are the givers. We are the ones who pass on the nutrients to share with those leaves. For me, this brought Romans 12:4-8 to mind.
Romans 12: 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
It is up to each of us to figure out what our part is. Some may provide money. Others may provide love and prayers. Each of us however, does hold a sum of that precious mana that will feed and encourage our friends in Mexico. Do not wait to be asked to help. You have that mana now, and it wants to be used. So actively seek out your way of passing it on and sharing it with the rest of the tree.