Roots bring in water and nutrients from the soil and send it up into the tree.

A pastor friend of mine was developing a sermon about being rooted in spiritual maturity and wanted to know about tree roots and their importance to the tree in order to make some analogies to emphasize his message. It was such a good idea that I thought I would do the same thing here.

In English class you learned that an analogy is saying that something is like something else to make an explanatory point. We humans are visually oriented, so explaining something complex by comparing it to common things that we can visualize helps us not only understand it but remember it. The Bible uses analogies throughout its pages to explain spiritual concepts. The parables of Jesus are prime examples. So here are some analogies I came up with that compare what roots do for a tree to what we humans should do for each other.