A Fruitful Tree and Missions


He is like a tree
planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
  Psalm 1:3

The psalmist draws a picture for us of a tree in a dry climate, which thrives because it is planted near a constant supply of water.  This reminds me of John 15 which compares us to branches which need to be connected to the vine in order to bear fruit.  Either way, a tree does  not bears fruit  for itself, but for others.  Our abiding in Christ, drinking deeply from the source of living water, is not for our benefit only.  It is about sharing that richness, about bearing fruit so that others may be blessed through us.  This is MISSIONS! 

John Piper comments on this Psalm:

If you delight in the Word of God and meditate on it day and night you will yield your fruit in season. You will be a fruitful person. O for more fruitful people! You know them. They are refreshing and nourishing to be around. You go away from them fed. You go away strengthened. You go away with your taste for spiritual things awakened. Their mouth is a fountain of life. Their words are healing and convicting and encouraging and deepening and enlightening. Being around them is like a meal. This is the effect of delighting in the Word of God and meditating on it day and night. You will yield fruit in season.

3 thoughts on “A Fruitful Tree and Missions

  1. Wow, this web site is such a treasure! I wish I had found it a long time ago.

    I just tried a little experiment recently by reading through the entire Bible in the month of December. It was a lot of work, but I’m SO glad I did it.

    While reading that rapid pace is probably not on the horizon again for me in 2010, the experience has definitely encouraged me to increase my scripture consumption in the days to come.

    God bless!

  2. Dave,
    Thanks so much for your encouraging comments! For me, the “blogging through the Bible” adventure started just one year ago today. Although I have read through the Bible with a regular plan for many years, this is the first time I attempted to post comments on each section that I was reading. There was a sense of accountability as more followers found my site. God bless you in the year ahead, and I’d love to see more of your comments!

  3. Pam,

    I agree completely about the accountability that comes from blogging through the Bible. Though online fellowship isn’t optimal in my opinion, it can be a tremendous means of grace. I’ve certainly benefited in my limited experience.


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