What are we doing with all that we have been given? In a culture focused on selfish desires, God’s children must be careful not to get caught up in the same trap. A focus on personal wants and desires quietly consumes our minds, hearts, and lives to the extent of abandoning instructions from God’s Word.
One area to consider is how we as believers can become channels of God’s blessings to others. God has so richly blessed, and it is our joy and opportunity to share His blessings with others. Proverbs 11:25 teaches, “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”
What a great joy it is when believers share their blessings with others!
This concept is represented in Psalm 1 where the godly believer receives the blessings of God and becomes like a fruitful tree, sharing blessings with others. In my mind’s eye, I can see those trees in an orchard, loaded with apples or “blessings” to share with each person passing by the tree. Now here is an interesting question: What is hanging on your tree for others to see and receive as they pass by today?
My mind can also picture another tree in the orchard. It is called the “crab apple” tree. Crab apples are small, unsightly apples that no one picks or wants. If we are to bless others with the abundant fruit on our “life tree,” we must be walking with the Lord in obedience to His Word. John 15 reminds us of the importance of “abiding in Him,” and this is only possible as we “abide” in the Word.
Therefore, to be a fruitful tree sharing God’s blessings with others, we must be obediently walking with the Lord. The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 139:23-24 that it is good to wait before God and respond as He checks our hearts, minds, and inner beings for anything that is contrary to the Word of God. The conviction and reminders from God lead to steps of obedience so that we are open to God’s leading in every area of life.
Sharing God’s blessings with others brings great joy and refreshment to our souls. So don’t be a “crab-apple Christian” today, but rather be a prosperous tree, gaining its life source from God’s Word. Remember, "The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself” (Proverbs 11:25).