The mighty oak tree proverb is a great example of faith growth. And in children’s ministry, our most important goal is to help kids and families develop spiritually. So let’s take a look at the mighty oak tree proverb.
In the forest, a small acorn falls to the ground. Four to six weeks later, the acorn sprouts into a small oak sapling. Throughout the next 20 to 30 years, it will grow into a mighty oak tree. Some live to be 500 or even 600 years old.
I recently came across this Bible verse:
“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor.” Isaiah 61:3
That verse reminds me that God calls children’s ministry workers for an important purpose. We are to help children and families grow in their faith so that spiritually they’re like a mighty oak tree.
The Mighty Oak Tree Proverb: How Can This Happen?
For children’s workers, teachers, and parents, here are two key components of faith growth.
1. We can help children and families develop strong spiritual roots.
At the beginning of its life, the oak spends most of its energy on root development. An initial root is called the taproot. It grows deep underground, looking for a dependable supply of moisture.
So to grow spiritually strong children and families, like the mighty oak tree proverb suggests, that’s the first step. We must help them develop a deep connection with Christ. This is the most important factor.
A deep faith can withstand the winds of doubt, spiritual droughts, and life’s storms. This faith has, first and foremost, a deep connection with Christ. This deep faith comes from remaining rooted and grounded in Jesus.
Our faith and relationship with Jesus grow deeper and stronger by spending time with Him. As we spend time with Him, our faith roots grow deeper.
3. We can help children connect with other Christians.
Another important aspect of developing a strong “oak tree” kind of faith is helping kids and families connect with other believers. As the tree’s main root grows deeper, it also begins growing horizontal roots.
These horizontal roots bring moisture and nutrients for the tree’s lifetime. And when other oak trees are nearby, the trees grow their root systems together. That way, they can share nutrients, moisture and minerals. Together they grow side by side.
The mighty oak tree proverb reveals how faith develops through relationships. Growth comes from and is sustained by being connected to other believers who send spiritual nutrients, prayers and encouragement your way.
Consider the kids and families in your ministry. Are you giving them opportunities to connect with other Christians and grow in their faith through those relationships? A deep faith comes through deep connections with other believers.