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Oh To Be Wise Meditations

I see two shrubs that were planted at the same time yet only one is alive and flourishing. How could this be? Was one neglected and the other cared for? Both has easy access to the sun and rain. Both were planted in the same kind of soil and pot. Yet one is blooming in all seasons even in the cold rain, the other withered away slowly to where there are only weeds and stems. Lets look at a story in the Bible when Jesus curses the fig tree. I think it will help us understand this analogy better. The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it. As I read that all I can think about is Psalm 92:12. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Yes, every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Jesus came to a fig tree expecting produce and left empty handed. The same with the gift of the Gospel that has been given to us, we all have received the same gift of Holy Spirit. All are equal before the LORD, forgiven of there sins and have the opportunity to know God and to grow in his grace. Yet like the two shrubs I spoke of earlier, some have produced much fruit and others have produced some but lost what they previously had. I dare say the difference between many believers growth is their hearts. There are always blessings that come from the Gospel. The prosperity Gospel preached in our day is very aggressively pushed, but how much is pushed the prosperity of the soul? The personal growth of character and faith that is beautiful before the LORD. There are so many different factors that come into play why in the life of the Christian there is no peace and joy. I would say the two shrubs are a great illustration of what this looks like. The proof is in the fruit, all have received the gift of the Spirit of Christ. What will you do with such a precious seed in you? Will you hone it? Nurture and care for it? Or let the seed of Gods word fall on the wayside and get caught in the thorns and cares of this world. I see a shrub bearing beautiful flowers and leaves that Jesus can come and pick his precious spiritual fruit from you to be satisfied with his glorious work in us.

Meditate Matt. 3:8


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