Evergreens are a specific classification of tree, they are pine trees and stay green and fresh when all the other trees turn brown and dead looking.
Yet as Christians who do know the truth, we have reason to remain green and vibrant no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in.
Paul wrote from prison these words: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:12-13)
The key phrase is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” There is the key to being lush and green with life is cold and gloomy.
Ah but we must be rooted in Jesus Christ by faith, and let our roots go deep into His Word.
In Colossians the Apostle Paul says it this way:
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:6-7)
So our hope is in Him, and our roots need to go deeper in our understanding of the Word and what great things we have in Christ!
We see Paul say in Ephesians also the term “rooted”
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge —that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)
So growing in our knowlege of Jesus Christ and growing to grasp what Scripture teaches is so important. We ought to make room in the soil of our daily lives for the Word of God and time with the Lord. This is how we will grow!
Our trust is in him, not anything else. Many people trust a number of external things such aa money, friends, their looks, their plans and human wisdom. Yet the Bible says we should not trust such things
This is what the Lord says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? (Jeremiah 17:5-9)
We should not trust human beings to be our true support or safe place. Jeremiah says “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.”
The result of this is spelled out, “They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
If we want our lives to bear fruit we must do as Jesus taught in John 15 “Abide in me” the “true vine”
The last part of the passage in Jeremiah then goes on to say “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
With that being said, we also must not trust our own hearts, our feelings. We all hear people now days say “Listen to your heart” or “Let your heart guide you”
Yet our hearts can truly mislead us when we do not let them be governed by God’s Spirit and Word. In fact we are also told to “guard your heart”
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 4:23 –
Guard it? From what? Ah the allures of sin, deception, the world. Yet not only so, guard your heart from your own heart to- because our hearts can get us into enough trouble on their own initiative.
Yet how do we do this? Ah!
I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:10-11)
This is indeed a very practical thing we can control! Indeed we have little power over how we feel on a given day- we cannot change our feelings or hearts but we can practically “seek the Lord” and “hide your word in my heart.”
These two steps are in our power to do and by doing them God will work with them to purify us from within!