Planted like a tree

Trees play a vital role in God’s design for Earth, particularly in their provision of oxygen through photosynthesis—a process where leaves absorb carbon dioxide and water, using sunlight to convert them into sugars and release oxygen as a by-product. This intricate system showcases God’s genius in providing for our needs through His creation.

Moreover, trees serve as a metaphor for our potential through Jesus. Psalms‬ ‭1‬:‭3‬ likens the godly to trees planted by the riverbank, bearing fruit in every season and thriving, while Psalms‬ ‭92‬:‭12‬ compares the godly to flourishing palm trees and sturdy cedars of Lebanon. These verses speak to our endurance, strength, and impact through Jesus, emphasizing stability, prosperity, and rootedness in Him.

When we accept Christ, we’re transformed, receiving a new identity and the potential to be like a tree—steadfast, fruitful, and impactful. This transformation impacts every aspect of our lives, influencing individuals, families, communities, and beyond, leaving a lasting legacy for generations to come.

To be planted like a tree in Jesus, we must first make Him our Lord, allowing Him to guide and shape our lives. Surrendering control to Jesus enables us to experience healing, purpose, redemption, and fulfillment, aligning our lives with His divine plan.

Secondly, we must allow Jesus to change us from within, healing our souls and transforming our thoughts, attitudes, and behaviors. This process requires humility, openness, and a willingness to let go of old patterns and embrace God’s transformative work in our lives.

Ultimately, being planted like a tree in Jesus leads to a life of stability, purpose, and abundance, reflecting His glory and leaving a lasting impact on the world around us.

So, let’s choose to be rooted in Jesus, allowing Him to shape us into vessels of His love, grace, and power. As we yield to His transformative work, may our lives bear fruit that glorifies God and blesses others, both now and for eternity.

The best is yet to come!


City Church, Bloomington, Indiana

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