Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. 4 And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. (KJV)
There is a popular trend floating around cyber space. It hits us from every angle and multiple times throughout the day. At least once a week someone posts, or reposts questions similar to: “If you were a _______, what kind of a _______ would you be?” It seems that everyone jumps on the band wagon and sends the question out. To which we are all expected to answer with our favorite responses and that response in some way will define us psychologically. We all spend hours upon hours attempting to discover who we are. We want to know what our families think of us, what our friends think of us, and eventually what the entire world thinks of us.
Have we ever stopped to think that Christ asked the, “Who am I”, question upside down to our way of thinking? In Luke chapter 9, Jesus asks, “Who do men say that I am?” Followed by the individualized question to the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”
Do we realize, this is the same chapter that begins with Jesus giving power and authority to the twelve?
Our identity is hidden with Christ. We are His representatives equipped with power and authority. He came to make us trees of righteousness. He empowered us to rebuild wasted lives and a desolate generation.
Colossians 3:3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (NLT)
The forest of God’s grace is full of TREEs, Towering Righteousness Expanding Exponentially. The example of each individual life is refreshing fruit of righteousness. We have deep roots in FAITH and strong branches offering shade to many, until the day they too become a TREE, Towering Righteousness Expanding Exponentially.
Psalm 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. (KJV)
Choose to be a “good tree” and share the righteousness Christ has imparted to you. Exponential fruit is the goal.