Warren W. Wiersbe, author of the “BE” book series, shared this insightful story in one of his books.
There once was a preacher who commented, “Most Christians are ‘betweeners.'”
When asked what he meant, he explained, “They are between Egypt and Canaan – out of the place of danger, but not yet in the place of rest and rich inheritance.”
He continued, “They are between Good Friday and Easter Sunday – saved by the blood yet not enjoying newness in the resurrection life.”
This relates to something that has been on my mind a lot lately. Why is it that so many Christians look and act so defeated? Why aren’t more of us experiencing joy in our lives? When non-believers look at us, why would they possibly want what we say we have?
Do we really believe the words of Jesus found in John 10:10: “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”?
Then a few days ago as I was watering the tomato plants pictured above, God brought it to my mind that Christians are just like those plants. What do those plants need in order to grow and develop into mature, fruit-producing plants?
They need warmth, water, sunlight, and food (fertilizer). As you can see in the picture some plants are growing better than others. There are several reasons for this.
When my husband and I planted the seeds, we watered them, sprinkled a small amount of bloodmeal (fertilizer) across the top of them, and placed them under a grow light.
While I make sure each plant gets it’s share of water, some of them received more bloodmeal than others. And even though I am constantly rotating the seed flat some of the seeds are closer to the light than others, resulting in quicker growth.
We, Christians, need the same ingredients to grow into healthy, mature, fruit-producing followers of Jesus. The thing is, unlike plants relying on people to provide their needs, we are responsible for providing the necessary ingredients for our growth.
We have to spend time on our knees soaking up the Sonshine of His Presence. Come before Him and adore Him, He will light up your life.
We have to seek and accept the refreshing water Jesus promised in John 4:14, when He said, “whoever drinks of the water I give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
We must feast on His Word which is the fertilizer for Christian growth. Feasting on His Word is not just reading a short passage and going about your day. Feasting involves time spent enjoying the ‘meal’, savoring the nourishment being provided and even going back for a second helping.
Then we need to seek the warmth that comes from time spent studying and worshipping with other believers. The world can be a cold, cold place when you face it alone, so don’t go it alone! Get involved in a local church and Bible study group.
Don’t be a betweener, spend time with God daily and grow in Him. Then let us march forth into the land of milk and honey where we find His promised rest and peace. As you do you will find you can daily…
Be a blessing,