A special way to say "Hello"

Christ wants to SYNC you with everybody else who is SYNCing with him. One way to go along with his plan is to use the Life Declaration as an improved version of "Hello."

 

Agree to try this with friends who are clued in to SYNC, at least this small part of it. When you meet, one says the first half, "This is a creation day." The other responds with, "And we are alive."  

 

People who overhear this may wonder if you are using some kind of code, and in a way, you are. It is your way of helping each other keep in SYNC with Christ, your shared project.

Greetings at home

How to use the special greeting

 

1. Say it to yourself and/or your spouse when you wake up

2. A parent may say it as a child is leaving for school or going out with friends. Try it as an improvement on the basic, "Have fun," "Be good," or "Have you got your lunch?"

3. At breakfast a parent may say the first half ("This is a Creation day,") and let the child say the second half ("And we are alive.") 

The Life Declaration unifies any team or group that says it together. It is like the shout that a sports team gives when they put their hands all together before they go out to start the game. You may also want to use the Life Prayer with the Declaration. 

Part of the feeling of unity comes from knowing what to say. When the coach or team leader says the first half of the Declaration, an outsider would not know how to finish it, but the insiders all do. They belt it out.

​Group members may also use it as a greeting any time they see each other outside the group. It reminds them of the whole group, and that is an empowering thought.

Caution: Know your group. Don't use this method if the group considers this kind of leader-response to be childish or odd. 

Greet/chant as a team
The Roots Image
The Roots Prayer

The Roots Image (top of page) shows a massive tree with massive roots. This tree is not going anywhere. It is solid, just like we are in SYNC with Christ. 

"And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you." (Gal. 3.29, NLT)

The "Roots Prayer" is, "Make us fulfillments of your ancient plan. Let us bless, let us bless, let us bless." 

 

The Roots Prayer SYNCs us with God's intentions when created his people-group through Abraham. Since we know we have roots in Abraham, we know we have a share in the job to do--blessing the world because God wants it blessed.

 

This is our dance, our way of moving in SYNC with the drumbeat of our roots in Abraham. As we do that, we are part of God's fulfillment of his promise to Abraham!

 

This is a great way to live! We don't hate anybody. We are not against anybody, wishing for their failure or punishment. We are here to bless. As we read in 1 Pt. 3.9 (The Message), "No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing." 

Many people assume God is basically in the judgment and punishment business. They do not realize that with Abraham, he changed the game. He is no longer just giving commands and punishing people when they disobey. Genesis 3-11 shows that that never works with humans.

 

In Genesis 12 he calls Abraham. From then on he is proactively working to bless people and get them to trust him like they should have all along but didn't.

 
FAQ:  God playing favorites?

Why did God have to come up with a strategy that put one nation in a different role than others? Why couldn't people just all get all the blessing they needed without any special help from some other group?

No doubt God could have established separate links for each nation or ethnic group, but that would not have unified them in the way God wanted. Conflict between the groups could still have gone on, with each group claiming God was on its side because each group had separate access to him.

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Blog post on the special assignment of Abraham's descendants, and why it gives us no bragging rights.]

Without adding any time or pressure to your schedule, the meme affects how you See Yourself iN Christ.

The Roots Declaration (below) tells us who we are because of those roots. The Roots Prayer invites God to empower us for our part in the mission of everyone who has those roots. The Roots Image helps us remember both.

Meme = Declaration + Prayer + Image

The "Roots Declaration" is, "This is an Abraham day, and we have roots." 

 

The Roots Declaration is about belonging to something bigger than we are, something that started a long time before we got here. We are not all alone in life. We are not lost or aimless.

The Declaration takes us back 4000 years to the time when God, through Abraham and Sarah, launched his plan to create one nation or people (the Jews) to be his main agent in the restoration of the world. Their mission was to bless all other peoples and nations with blessings they got from God. (Gen. 12.3)

And because of Jesus the Messiah we get to be in on this! "The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance." (Eph 2.14, The Message)

We get to join the group that has that mission! We get to wake up in the morning knowing that we are part of God's ancient plan to bring good to everyone everywhere, and nobody can take that away from us!

That is what it means to be in SYNC with our roots in Abraham. So goodbye insecurity. Goodbye boredom. Goodbye to that feeling of being left out or second-class. "This is an Abraham day, and we have roots!"

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Button: More about Abraham (link to Rescuer)

FAQ: Does that mean we are Jewish?

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The Roots Declaration

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Meme

 

Who/what you get to be
 

The meme is a summary of the whole point of Roots Season--living with the identity, security, and purpose of a person who has a family tree rooted in God's promises to Abraham. 
 
The goal of Roots Season, February 14 - March 24, is to get this meme on your mind and watch what God does then.

Why use it?

The Life  Declaration and/or the Life Prayer give us a secure identity and make us grateful for it. 

The Declaration sets the tone for our day. Whatever else may happen in this day, however great or awful, must happen in light of this rock-solid truth--that life itself is a gift and a marvel.

The Declaration also focuses us on today. We may not have tomorrow, but we ask God to make us a fountain of the water of life today. 

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