In the Commencement Exercises of the 1st Semester of School Year 2017-2018, Mrs. Evangelica Diesto-Padernilla was conferred the degree, Doctor of Pedagogy, honoris causa by CPU. In her message to the graduates, she challenged them to be firmly rooted in Jesus Christ.
What does it mean to be ROOTED in Jesus Christ? Let us learn from the characteristics of the root.
R – Reach in deeper in your study of the Word of God so that your faith can withstand the storms of life.
O – Obtain resistance by drinking from the Living Water — the Lord Jesus Christ. The refreshing Living Water will surely sustain you, and in turn you will not to falter from the heat of temptations.
O – Open yourself to the constant cultivation of the faith community. The church is there to nurture your Christian life. You must allow the church to teach you.
T – Tap the fertile resources around you so that you will become a healthy Christian. There are vast resources available that can help enrich your faith — church, books, blogs, fellowship, reflection.
E – Expand to a firmer ground so that you will have a stable foundation. A Christian must not be satisfied with the rituals of Christianity but must know and live out the timeless truths in the Bible.
D – Develop connections with other roots because an interconnected Christian is stronger.
A firmly-rooted Christian in Jesus Christ will surely bear fruits for the glory of God.