This evening I had the privilege to witness God’s masterpiece. The sky had an array of pink and purple swirls. The lake was so clear, as if time were standing still. I had the perfect playlist lined up on my phone and I just stood in awe of the display in front of me. The lake I constantly walk at has hundreds of trees. Big ones, small ones. Ones with many leaves, ones that hardly have any at all. One thing is a fact: they all have a purpose in what they produce. Just like you and I do. We are all trees, and it’s important to evaluate what kind of “fruits” you are growing. Are your “fruits” joy, compassion, love? Or are they “fruits” of anger, resentment, fear. Let’s dig more and see if any of these are true in your life.
What evil roots do I need to dig out?
Root of rejection: it is so easy for us to feel rejected. I have been by so many people in my life. One thing has been constant though: God is always there. The enemy goes out of his way to make sure we feel our lowest, when God makes sure we feel our highest. Remember that God has redeemed you through His blood. He calls you His forever: “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:1
Root of pride: now, this may sting a bit. Now that we are starting to get our hands dirty with pulling our old roots, this one may be hard for many of you. It is so easy for us to get caught up in the blessings we receive. You may just got a new position at work and that’s awesome. But, keep in mind that while you are getting the good paycheck, someone may just gave every penny they earned so their children wouldn’t go hungry for the rest of the week. It’s important to think highly of others than of ourselves: “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”” 1 Peter 5:5
Tree of good fruits: Now that we have gotten the nastiness of our “old roots” it’s time that we start planting seeds of good fruits! This week, take the time to reflect on what fruits you may need to plant? Maybe you have some resentment towards an old friend. Take the time to love them and pray for them. Maybe you’re scared you won’t be able to make the promotion or pass the class. Let God take control and supply you the wisdom you need. It’s time that this world not only grows trees of good, but many people will be able to eat our fruits so many can become apart of the family tree of the Lord.