As I was given the chance to be the speaker on 17th May 2015 in Rasu Baptist Church (Sadar North Baptist Association, TBCU – INDIA), which happens to be my local church, I could not let my eyes away from the natural beauty that the village in which this church is located. Rasu Baptist Church is located in the heart of Rasu village, the church members come from around 10 villages surrounding this church. With a strength of more than 100 this church is not so weak not so big. I could see the bamboos moving with the wind, the big sal tree giving enough shade to provide us with cool environment, and the seasonal mango tree the fruit of which is almost ready to be ripe.
I am indeed very thankful to God Almighty that He has given me with another day of life and further strength to breathe and live. It is very important for us to understand that we have to be well rooted in God (His church). As we look around and enjoy the beauty of greenery I thanked Him for the Holy Spirit for ever guiding and caring us all. I looked into the scriptures Psalms 73:28 (NIV) and read out, “But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.” Truly I don’t see anybody or anywhere that we can strengthen ourselves.
The trees around us spread across the village around the church seems very normal. But if we observe we see that all of them have a similarity apart from being plants, they are all rooted very well in the same soil that provides them with what they need. Any plant that is uprooted from soil is bound to die. Likewise, we too need to be rooted very well in the body of Christ, the church, to live and strengthen our faith. There are few who do not feel the need to attend church service or any fellowship of God. Saying that they will read and pray at home alone.
Psalm 136:25 (NIV) says, “He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever.”
Sometimes we really become too proud and selfish to be able to get in the fellowship of God. As we tend to forget that actually it is Him who is the source of our (spiritual) food. Whatever we do, wherever we go, whatsoever may happen, we should not forget our Almighty God, and not only remembering Him but to be with Him is of utmost importance. In a time when our churches are facing crisis, the church leaders need to identify and know that what is important now is to tend the flock and guide them to the church so that they can be fed with the word of God.
Jeremiah 17:8 (NIV) “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
The world that we know today is very cruel and very selfish. We need to strengthen our fellowship and bonding. We need to struggle to keep ourselves attached with the church so that our spirit will be fed with the word of God. Thus we can be strong enough to withstand any weather.