YOU ARE A TREE!
When I was growing up we, my three sisters and my brother along with my dad, would go into the woods and cut down our Christmas tree and on occasion the older kids and my dad would shoot mistletoe out of the trees. We would then bring the tree home where mom was waiting with fresh baked goodies and other party favorites. We proceeded to decorate the tree with lights, candy canes, ornaments we collected over the years, some of them where home made while others where passed down from my grandparents, and of course a lot of tinsel and an old tin star shining brightly on top.
A few years ago, while I was visiting my sister, the Lord gave me a story while I was sitting in her living room admiring her Christmas tree. As I gazed upon its beauty, she always has a perfect tree, He showed me something that I would like to share with you.
“You are a tree!” He said. Okay, I have been called a lot of things,but a tree is a new one 🙂 He then reminded me of a verse found in Jeremiah 17:7-8 (Amplified Bible):
[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.
Jer 17:7-8 (AMP)
- THE TREE– The tree is an ever green; it stays green all year round. It symbolizes everlasting life. In John 3:16 He says;
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
John 3:16-17 (NKJV)
- THE ORNAMENT- Ornaments on the tree symbolize testimonies or precious moments you have in life. As I looked at my sisters tree I saw new decorations and some with pictures ,while others were hand made . These decorations/ornaments are special to her they remind her of years past and the fun she had. The ornaments we have in life are stories of how God has blessed us or delivered us out of a bad situation;they are praise and adoration we give to God.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psalms 103:2-5 (NKJV)
- THE LIGHTS- We are the light of the world. The lights represent the different peoples there are in the world. Wherever we are, when we share what God has done, we shine as lights on the Christmas tree.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
Eph 5:8-10 (NKJV)
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Matt 5:14-16 (AMP)
- THE GIFTS– The gifts under the tree are symbolic of the fruit of the Spirit. A fruit tree has fruit that we enjoy but the tree itself does not eat them. They are not for the tree; they are not ornaments or lights. What gift/fruit do you have that you can share with others?
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
Gal 5:22-23 (NKJV)
- THE ANGEL/STAR– To top off the tree we put an angel or a star. These ornaments symbolize you and I as the messengers of the good news. The star guided the wise men to where Jesus was staying. The angels visited Mary and also the shepherds.
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matt 28:18-20 (NKJV)
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)