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Are You A Tree Or A Post?

The question may seem strange to you, but there is a good lesson to be learned in the answer. As a young boy, my dad had a herd of beef cattle and we would keep them in a fenced in pasture. From time to time some of the posts holding up the fence had to be replaced because they were rotten. They would fall over and cause the fence to sag where the cows could get out. This was a source of aggravation to me, since I had to round up the cows that got out and then fix the fence. This required both time and work. You know how kids enjoy such things. I sometimes wished the post would be like trees so they wouldn't have to be replaced.

What made the difference? Think! Plant a post and a tree in the ground side by side. At the beginning the tree is small, slender and easily bent or broken. The post, on the other hand, is large, solid and strong. It is hard to move and will support a fence.

But then the forces of nature take over. The tree begins to grow little by little, gradually becoming bigger and stronger. In a few years it stands tall and sturdy, while the post planted at the same time has rotted and fallen over.

Now, the application. What about those of us who profess to be Christians? Are we like the tree or the post? If our Christianity is dead, like the post, then we will surely grow weaker and weaker year by year, until finally we fall away. But, if we are truly alive in Christ, then the passing years will see us grow stronger and more mature than the beginning.

As Christians we have been made alive by the power of the blood of Christ (Titus 3:5). Afterward, real spiritual life in us is maintained by fellowship with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit (I John 1:1-7). So, which are you? A tree or a post?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward