Plants are meant to grow robust with sunshine and water. It helps to feed them as needed so they become healthy and green. When we plant a 5 gallon tree it seems to take centuries to grow but that is how the process starts. We get excited about new growth with spurts of height and density all enveloped in opulent greenery. I wonder if that is how God sees His children.
It all begins on the Potter’s Wheel. If that pot doesn’t get on, there is no transformation. That little pot is as dormant as can be and if not nurtured it can rust and rot from all the outside elements of the world.
A seed of faith grows and grows until it transforms into the likeness of our Savior. When our hearts change, our minds change, the desires we once had no longer appeals to us because our flesh is buried in the old man crucified on the cross.
So when we happen to see a little green tree planted in some really good soil, we need to remind ourselves that God is the Master Potter and His workmanship is perfect in every way. He will cause us to be renewed day by day if we say yes to His Potter’s wheel.
2 Corinthians 4:16 (KJV)
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
What kind of soil is necessary for our roots to grow strong? The word of God is essential just as water is for a plant. If we are not drinking in His living water, we will die of thirst. Water is vital for our internal organs to function, how much more does our spirit need the nourishment of His living word. If we do not allow His word to work in us, we will be just like that rotted root on a tree, without bearing fruit for the Kingdom of God.
Hebrews 4:10-13 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Philippians 2:13 (KJV)
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Isn’t it interesting that when a tree’s roots are rotted, the tree dies. The tree becomes unstable due to the rotting of the roots. What rots our roots? Everything God calls evil. We can see the evidence of rotting roots as our leaves lose their luster and our trunk becomes hollow and brittle.
When we compare ourselves with the world’s value system we may resemble the likeness of it and gives us no thought for alarm. We may fit right into their mold where mold grows like a thriving fungus.
When we abide in the Lord we will grow and bear much fruit. Our roots are in Him and not in this world. We would think pruning a branch that bears fruit is counterproductive but it is not especially if someone knows what they are doing. Our Father does and it will cause us to bear more fruit.
We tend to forget about the periodic pruning we need as believers since it causes us to sit up and take notice. It helps us to keep close to Jesus where we need to be.
John 15 (KJV)
15 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
It is also vitally important to cherish our relationship with God. What a privilege it is to go before Him day by day and fellowship with our Creator of the Universe. His love is unfathomable and yet we see the evidence on the cross where His own Son was crucified for our sins. There is no deeper love than this.
2 Corinthians 13:5-6 5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 6 But I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates.
God’s Holy Spirit speaks to our conscience as it is quite easy to examine ourselves if we want to. The danger lies when our sin begins to rot away at our roots and we do nothing about it. One leaf falls at a time and pretty soon there is this barren stick of a tree that doesn’t even resemble a beautiful tree as we were meant to be. Let us not get to that place where not a branch bears His precious fruit and we become a rot rooted tree that has no life in it.