“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise” (Proverbs 11:30).
The banyan tree which grows in the tropics which has height, spread, and thickness of trunk make it a glorious tree in terms of shade and beauty. Its branches reach out and down to the ground. Whenever the tips of the branches touch the earth, it takes root and a new tree begins to grow.
Is your life spreading and multiplying itself in the lives of others—like the banyan? Are you sharing the love of God with friends, family members, and co-workers? God has given the Great Commission to make Him known—to bring men, women, and children to a saving knowledge of Him. Jesus brings healing, forgiveness, and deliverance. His acceptance is unconditional.
Jesus told the disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener” (John 15:1). Without abiding in Christ, you cannot be fruitful. Jesus says, “No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me” (John 15:4).
You must abide in Christ. You become one with Christ when you seek and follow His purpose for Your life—adopting His perspective as your own. Are you abiding in Christ today?
Dr Michael Youssef
Prayer: Lord, please forgive me for the times when I have not remained in You—forging my own way rather than abiding in You, bearing fruit for You. Thank You for Your forgiveness and for Your guidance. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.