Rooted in Love
Written by Plant With Purpose on February 9, 2016 in General, Gifts of Hope
By Emma Worrall
Love is what Christians are called to do–love the Lord with all your “heart, soul, mind, and strength.” This includes the challenge of loving the seemingly unlovable. We are called to love our enemies, love the leper, love the corrupter, and love the outcast. Jesus was the perfect example of love, not just through His death but through His life. He loved the adulteress when societal laws condemned her to be stoned. He loved His disciple, Peter, despite Peter’s betrayal. He healed the leper when others deemed them unclean. Love is the core of Jesus’ ministry and should be of ours. As Paul so eloquently wrote in 1 Corinthians 13, “But if I have not love, I am nothing.” Deeds without love are completely pointless.
At Plant With Purpose, we strive to follow the example of Jesus by following God’s daily call to love. Without love at our roots, our work and the work of partner farmers is insignificant and contradicting of our values. We desire to work closely with partnering families, spreading the message of this God-given task. We hope to embrace and emanate the love Jesus teaches, which includes a love that is reflected in taking care of the land and the personal love that comes from financial opportunity. God has given us resources to live fulfilling lives, including a dynamic world full of ecosystems and the gift of land itself. By taking care of God’s masterpiece, we are able to meet the goals of spiritual renewal, economic empowerment, and environmental restoration.
Andrés Gonzalez, friend and Plant With Purpose partner in the Dominican Republic, gave an interesting view on this. Andrés shared, “Genesis 3:19 says, ‘From dust you came, and to dust you will return.’ So by taking care of the land, we are taking care of ourselves.” These profound words serve as a reminder of our roots and how we can serve God by taking care of God’s creation. By remembering our roots, we are better able to care for our present circumstances and, by extension, secure our future.
We pray that you can find this same sense of fulfillment and love that is so deeply rooted in Plant With Purpose’s actions. Join us this Valentine’s week as we spread the love and work that God is doing through Plant With Purpose. Stay connected through our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. And be sure to check out the alternative presents in our Gifts of Hope catalog available this Valentine’s.