There are different ways to approach life. One approach is to amass power, wealth, influence, and knowledge to have an edge over others. It’s a life that positions us against anyone who might possibly have any sort of advantage over us or our loved ones.
We may have grown up in homes where this was a hidden family value. Perhaps you or I have passed this mentality on to our own children, and they too live in constant competition, an elaborate manipulation of power and reputation.
And then there’s the other way. The way of Christ and his followers. “I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever. For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good” (Psalm 52:8,9).
An olive tree is firmly rooted in its native soil. An olive tree depends on its roots and leaves to drink in water and sun. It grows and thrives with the vital nutrients that God gives.
How can we, like the psalmist, be olive trees in God’s kingdom? Take time to explore with the Holy Spirit this image of grace-filled sufficiency. What would it look like to think of yourself as an olive tree planted and rooted in God’s provision?