“She just needs Jesus.” That thought entered my spirit as I sat thinking about a friend of mine. Her life wasn’t going the way she wanted it to go and she was under a lot of stress. As a result, she had bouts of moodiness, crankiness, long silences and given to be depressed most of the time. She blamed God for her situation. So I was just thinking about how I could be of help to her. So the Holy Spirit uttered these words to me and I fully agreed with Him.
“When you want a banana, you go harvest from a banana tree. When you crave an orange, you go to an orange tree; that is how I created nature to function. You cannot get a mango from a papaya tree. I gave different trees to produce different fruits. So, if she wants peace of mind and joy, she must go to…” At this the Holy Spirit stopped. And I knew the answer! There is no peace tree, no joy tree and no love tree. The only tree that can produce these intangible, spiritual fruits has to be an intangible, spiritual tree!
The Holy Spirit went on with the lesson. When God created man, He made him from dust and put His breath in him. He put breath in man so that man could function in the physical body; for, no body can function without breath. Not only did he put breath in him, but he also put his spirit in him. We know that God is a spirit, so when God said let us make man in our image, He wasn’t talking about a physical image, but a spiritual one. The Bible tells us that our God is a God of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; Galatians 5:22. So, what God was, He made man to be.
In the spirit of man, God put the fruits of the spirit. Only then, they were not fruits, but something that was innate in us. When man fell and a separation occurred between God and him, man was stripped of these spiritual attributes, because they were of God and God had been separated from man by sin. When Jesus died on the cross, He was not only an atonement for our sins, but he became a means by which we could reclaim the spiritual stance we had with God before the Fall, which was a life filled with peace, love, joy etc.
So now, if man wants true peace, love, joy and all the other gifts, he only has to return to the original source of these gifts. When you read in John 15, Jesus says that God is the gardener, He (Jesus) is the vine and we are the branches. The branches ultimately produce fruit. But, branches cannot produce fruit on their own; they have to stay attached to the vine. Hence the Holy Spirit’s solution to my dear friend’s dilemma.
Jesus is the tree of life. Looking around me, I see a lot of people facing very challenging situations and I do commiserate. But, there is nothing as painful as seeing someone suffer when you have a cure for what ails them and they are either ignorant of it or will have nothing to do with it. Because, believe you me, Jesus is a cure-all for everything that ails the people of God. Everyone in this earth needs Jesus. The poor, the sick, the broken-hearted, the lost, the abandoned, and the unloved, can have him for free. And it saddens me to see this group of people ignoring him, for to me they are the ones that need him the most, for they have nothing. The wealthy have their resources to depend on. They never lack. When they get sick they can go doctors and specialists. When lonely, they can afford the luxury of entertainment for relief, albeit temporarily. They can afford therapists and other things to try to fill the void that won’t be filled by anyone except Jesus. At least, they have something to hold on to, even if it won’t last. But even then, they cannot buy true love, joy, peace etc. So in the end, they also need this tree of life.
There is no shameful and wasteful sight than to see a tree in season, bulging with ripe fruit to the point of sagging; and no one comes to harvest. Jesus is that tree. He overflows with fruit. And, His fruit never rots. And, he is always in season; just waiting for someone to pass by, feed on him and hunger no more! My God! And, once they are full of Him, they can display, albeit unconsciously, what they have eaten, for, you are what you eat! Glory!
So, dear children of the Most High God, let us never tire in telling people about our Jesus. Because, whether they acknowledge it or not, they need him. Let us never tire of interceding for them. Even if we cannot help them in a tangible way in their troubles, we can introduce them to Someone who will change their lives for the better; Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God; the tree of life!