Some pictures are worth a lot. Personally, I would value this picture at aproximately $50,000.
Why $50,000? That’s a great question. It could be more or less, depending on the type of seminary you attended or the amount of time you had to do there. For me, $50,000 was the cost of my degree and reflected the amount of time I spent at a university trying to learn more about Christ and His Church. I was recently having a conversation with another brother in the church community I am a part of when he showed me this picture and shared a bit of how He saw Christ and the Church expressed through it. When I saw this picture, the first thought that came to me was:
Wow, this picture communicates more about the reality of who Christ is, and life ’in Him’ than all the information I recieved trying to learn about Christ and His Church from an academic institution.
The next thought that I had was this:
A spiritual revelation about Christ & His church in one second is more effective than an academic degree about Him that takes several years to obtain.
Information about Christ & His Church comes from ‘knowledge’. A revelation about Christ & His Church, however, comes from Spirit & Life. (It seems the two trees in the Garden of Eden really are alive and well today)
I am often asked about what church life is like outside of the institution. It is always hard to describe for the same reason that spirit is hard to describe using information. Nevertheless, Jon Scherdin does a great job communicating what New Testament church life is like in a recent blog post about this very picture. I would encourage you to read it. Afterall, it may be worth $50,000.
For the ultimate Tree,