Trees Teach

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The trees are a part of God’s great creation and can teach us many great things about living a life for God. Here are some lessons we can learn from them.

Have a solid foundation. Just as trees spread out a root system for support, so we should have a solid foundation in Christ.

Point to God. Trees are constantly pointing heavenward. Likewise, we should point to God in everything we say and do.

Keep growing. Every healthy tree grows a little more each year. Let us be concerned about growing and maturing in our Christianity more and more each year.

Branch out. As trees continue to spread out mighty branches, so we should endeavor to increase our levels and areas of service for the Lord.

Be sound of heart. Many trees that die do so because of insects or disease rotting them from the inside out. We must always be checking our heart as that is usually where our problems begin.

Be flexible. Trees allow their branches to bend to keep from breaking under weight or wind. We, too, must adapt to changing situations while remaining faithful to the Lord.

Benefit others. Trees give fruit, shade, oxygen, protection, and timber for the benefit of others in the world. In like manner, we should use our lives to help and bless many others in the name of Jesus.

Trust in God. Trees depend upon God for everything concerning their existence. We must fully rely upon God and trust in Him implicitly, as well.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit” (Jer. 17:7-8).

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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