10th May 2013

Plants In Springtime

 “At least there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant.”
Job 14:7-9 (NIV UK)

The recent rains and sunshine show us how new life can grow from seemingly lifeless plants. The colour and vitality of spring are at long last all around us. 

There is a parallel here to spiritual growth. Do you ever feel that your Christian life has grown stale? Does it seem that, using the quote above, your roots have “grown old in the ground”? That you’re as dormant as a tree is in winter? 

If truth were told, many of us have ups and downs in our life of faith. Sometimes we may feel full of the Spirit, engaged in and energized by the gospel. Yet, at other times, we’re weary and empty, the zest for Christ has all but gone, our light dimming into darkness. 

Perhaps we forget how alive we really are. The Holy Spirit lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16). Through the Spirit we “have been given fullness in Christ” (Colossians 2:10). Using Job’s observation above, we can be a bit like trees that have access to an endless supply of water, yet never draw upon it to produce abundant fruit. 

The Bible is full of analogies about water and personal growth. King David likened the believer to “a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” (Psalm 1:3). Jeremiah said that the redeemed “will be like a well-watered garden” (31:12). Christ said the Spirit is like a well of living water bubbling up within us: “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him. By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who trusted him were later to receive” (John 8:39). 

Wherever we are in our Christian journey, it’s always time for the Spirit to refresh us. Let the Spirit revive us so that, as Job said, “at the scent of water” we may “bud and put forth shoots” like plants in springtime. 

When you feel lifeless spiritually, remember: “the Spirit gives life” (John 6:63). 

Heavenly Father, let your Spirit revive me, that I may be refreshed and bear much fruit in Christ. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


 bible1About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  This weekend James is in the London church, where Dr Tkach, GCI/WCG Denominational President, is speaking.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  For details of your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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