I am grieved by the world. I desperately want to change it, but…
Spiritual roots produce real world fruit.
The suffering I see in the world is due to bad spiritual roots.
If I don’t get the spiritual right, all that I hope to do in the world will just produce more bad fruit.
Therefore, nothing is more important than seeking, establishing and strengthening roots into what is good and perfect.
I believe God is what is good and perfect. I believe Jesus is The Way. I believe when I focus on Him, good fruit in every area of life (government, community, enterprise, family, relationships, physical health, mental health, understanding and resources) will follow*.
*To distinguish this from false health-wealth prosperity gospel or name-it-and-claim theology, (which I hate) these are not things I believe to get but byproducts of the fruit that I produce, by the grace of God, as an effect of believing. The fruit is Love.
I cannot put effect before cause.
For now, as a sapling in Christ, I weather the storm, seeking to be a tree planted by the water, using adversity to drive my roots deeper and deeper into God, trusting Him to make me a mighty tree, that I may shelter others from the stormy blast and feed them with fruit from The Tree Of Eternal Life who’s leaf never fades and is always in season.
I am grieved by the world. I desperately want to change it, and this is how.
I seek to put down good roots and from that bear good fruit.
This is a caution to myself to not allow the pain of the world to distract me, to constantly pray and to maintain the proper order of operations.
“Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.”
Originally posted by Paul Luckett to Facebook here.