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As we began 2018, I shared our new theme
with the BIMI family. Since this is the first
edition of the BIMI World for this year,
I wanted to share some thoughts with
you about our theme: Deepening Roots,
Increasing Fruits. While meditating on the
two coordinating parts of our theme, I was
reminded of truths such as “no roots, no
fruits” and “the deeper the root, the sweeter
the fruit.” There are a multitude of things
that could be discussed concerning roots
and fruits. However, I would like to focus
on the four words that make up our 2018
theme and mention just
one or two thoughts
about each word.

First, the word deep-
ening is important
because it reminds us
of the need for stabil-
ity. Without roots, a
tree will not stand—
especially when strong
winds blow. Trees must
often endure many dif-
David H. Snyder
President/General Director ferent types of extremes.

In any season or climate, a tree is only as
strong as its roots are deep. A tree that does
not have a good root system may appear
strong, but the next adverse season or
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major storm will reveal its actual strength.

Additionally, no matter how deep a tree’s
roots may be, deeper roots are always desir-
able. Spiritually, we need to be constantly
deepening our roots in the Lord Jesus
Christ. He is the One in Whom we find
our stability (cf. Ephesians 4:13–16). If we
are going to faithfully carry out the Great
Commission—even during unfavorable
seasons—we must do so in the power of the
One Who gave the Commission.

Second, the word roots reminds us that
although not seen, roots are critical to a
tree’s survival. This truth emphasizes the
need to focus on the inner man—although
it cannot be seen. Every living tree has a
never-ending need for sustenance, which
comes through the roots. This is also true
for every believer. There is a never-ending
need for spiritual sustenance. We regularly
need to take time to deepen our relationship
with Christ. It is imperative that we spend
time in God’s Word for the express purpose
of strengthening our inner man. If we
are not careful, we can look strong on
the outside (above ground) but lack true
strength inwardly (below ground). Missions
involves things like hard work, sacrifice,
sweat, tears, dedication, and endurance.

These things necessitate more than just