SOME TREES

SOME TREES

“Some trees, like the sugar maples, shed their leaves at the first wave of frost. One day the tree is full of color, the next, it is almost bare. Other trees hold their leaves a bit longer until and rain and wind drive them off. Some aspects of our old nature are like that. Certain things just fall away when we come to Christ. Other tendencies and ungodly characteristics take some time and effort to dispatch.
Then there is the pin oak. Its leaves, though dead and dry, continue to cling through the winter winds, through the rain and snow, until spring. When new life surges into the tree, the old leaves drop off. When we invite God’s Spirit to infect our own, an expulsive power is born. As with trees, so with us; total cleansing is not a single or simple process, because of the nature of life and our needs. Some things are resolved quickly, without much battle; others require effort; still others can be driven off only by the “expulsive” impact of our willingness and the Spirit’s power.”
Book Excerpt: Be Holy
-Thomas E. Armiger
General Supt. of the Wesleyan Church
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"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God which is your reasonable service."
Romans 12:1