Have you ever had something grow in your flowerbed and you didn’t know if it was a flower or a weed? That’s happened to me. The same can happen when people read books or listen to people who make flowery claims and promises. Words can sound good, but if the teachings are not based on Truth, the words come up short and mislead people. In Jeremiah 23:5, Jesus is described as a righteous Branch, the real deal rather than flowery show. “‘Behold, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, when I shall raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land.’” Jesus is the wise, just, righteous branch of the Lord. Believers are grafted into Him. Are we daily bowing to His kingship? Are we allowing His life to flow through us as syrup flows through a maple tree? Is His sweet life in us bringing joy to others; wooing them to be grafted into Christ?
Heavenly Father, thank You for grafting us into the righteous branch of Jesus Christ. Stir our hearts to be more intentional about Christ’s Spirit flowing through us so others are blessed and drawn to salvation in Him.