"Those that be planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing” – Psalm 92:12-14
There’s nothing like the sight of beautiful palm trees planted along the streets of communities, especially around the holidays. They have a way of brightening up everything in its path.
According to some reports, a palm tree can take up to 3 to 6 months to grow after it has been planted, but will take about 15 years to grow to an adult size. These trees when well cared for will grow tall, blossom beautifully and be fruitful, even in old age.
Is this not the resemblance of what believers in Christ should be? A tree that is not sprouting and producing anything should raise a concern. If a Christian is not growing and producing, something’s wrong. It should raise a concern.
While it is true that a tree can be unproductive, or even blown down by stormy winds, if it is planted on good ground and properly nurtured, it will have more of a chance to surviving the worst storms, and of producing more fruit, even at an old age.
Are you growing and prospering in the things of God? Are you producing spiritual fruits for the glory of God? You can be settled in a place, and yet be stagnant and unproductive in that place.
If you are experiencing stagnancy in a place where you are not growing and producing, I encourage you to prayerfully seek godly counsel from a friend or leader for help and guidance in becoming a growing and fruit bearing believer in Christ (Psalm 1:1a).
By Gale Henderson. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture passages quoted are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.