Withered Lives

And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away! Matthew 21:19-20
Living things needs to exercise growth, without that exercise the reverse actions takes place and that is deterioration, wasting away or slow death. Be it brain, muscles, organs, cells etc would require some kind of exercise in growing otherwise it will begin to die slowly but surely.
Sin is an anti-growth agent. It works to reverse life just as the moving water keeps moving and for a person to survive in it, he or she will have to keep swimming till out of it. The moment one stops swimming, the current would carry him or her away and even cause death. That is the life of those that are not thriving to live as christians. “It will be by doing with your might what your hands find to do that you will develop talent and aptitude for the work. And it is by neglecting your daily opportunities that you become fruitless and withered. This is why there are so many fruitless trees in the garden of the Lord.”—Testimonies for the Church vol.9, p.129
As Christians we have been entrusted with knowledge of salvation for our growth and that of others. We should not neglect our duties, that is the only way of becoming a healthy christians. The fig in the above text was cursed as a demonstration for what happens to those who are not exercising their God-given roles. Spiritual death comes gradually, such a person will wither and dry.
Withering is a judgement over those who do not want to perform their role. It appear to be a natural cause or a nature of life that is embedded in the life itself! It does not work otherwise. It is a reaction towards the unfaithful inactive steward; no exercise no growth, hence withering and eventually death. It is at the root function of a steward; you can even call it the root principle of stewardship.
Those who are faithful will grow but those who are not faithful in exercising their role as stewards in all spiritual spheres would begin to wither the moment they stop and eventually would die. This principle is applied in both, spiritual and physical life. Faith is a good place to begin observing growth or withering spiritual conditions. Now wonder Jesus said faith like a mastered seed can accomplish much, implying that faith begins small but it should nurtured be allowed to grow so that it can accomplish much more.
“A profession of religion places men in the church, but the character shows whether they are in connection with Christ. If they bear no fruit, they are false branches.“If a man abide not in Me,” said Christ, “he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:5-6 (E.G. White)
It is essential for me to mention that withering is slow and invisible process, it can only be realised or seen through the changes gradually manifesting. You could be dying slowly?
Do something!
By Alvin Eliamani

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