Our mission as the PFMC church is to Know God and to Make God Known. In my mind's eye I picture these two actions symbolized in the growing of trees. Why trees? Well, God's word says it: "The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon, Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing to declare that the LORD is upright."
Lebanon was a source of fine wood for the nation of Israel. These trees represent the finest materials: strong, yet light, beautiful and glorious. King Solomon used these trees as the main supports in the first Temple. The quality of the tree is a reflection of the soil and environment in which it grows, plus the depth and health of the root system. "For every tree growing up there is a tree growing down. As real as the tree that can be seen is the tree that can't be seen, and the hidden tree is the secret of the visible one," writes George Duncan.
To Know God is to grow down into his Word, reading, praying, studying, applying. As the root system grows, so the tree grows taller and sturdier. The tree changes the environment, shapes the landscape, and provides things like shade, fruit, life-giving oxygen, filters out carbon dioxide, stabilizes the soil, and gives life to all types of wildlife.
As we grow in the knowledge of God, we grow up, up, up, spreading bountiful branches wide. We change the environment of our relationships, family, neighborhood, and community, shaping a landscape teeming with renewed life. We help to filter out toxins. We provide fruit to address the needs around us, engaging in service-minded ministry. We share the life-giving oxygen of Jesus Christ. To Make God Known is to be centered on others for Jesus' sake, to share the Gospel of Good News, to help meet the needs of those around us, to disciple others by living life-on-life, to apply our spiritual gifts both in and out of the church.
To Know God and Make God Known - that's a life-long mission and I invite you to join us in this mission.