In Psalm 1:3, the writer is using the simile of a tree to compare a man’s relationship with the Lord. The person whose delight is in the Word and meditates on it day and night will be like a tree planted by a river that brings forth fruit. When we aren’t diligently in God’s Word, praying, worshiping, and in fellowship with other Christians, we will not effectively perform the duties that God has for us, and we will most definitely not be growing in our walk with Christ.
In John 15, Jesus is comparing Himself to a vine, His Father (God) the husbandman, and us as the branches. If we aren’t abiding in Jesus and receiving nutrients from the Bible, we will not be fruitful and productive. Those who are not saved will wither away and be cast out. They will be burned forever (in Hell). The people who are saved will be bring forth much fruit if he/she is continuously spending time with the Lord. Without Jesus, we cannot do anything, and we will lead ourselves to destruction and pure chaos.
How can we be fruitful and productive Christians?
~We are to become deeply rooted in God’s Word so that our branches can extend out to those around us (Colossians 2:7).~
By daily reading the Bible, we will gain more knowledge about who God is and what His purpose is on this earth (which is to glorify Him in all things) that will then make us equipped and ready when we are confronted and questioned about our faith. When we read, we will appreciate and fall in love with Jesus more and more. Being knowledgeable and rooted in God’s Word will allow us to extend grace and truth to others.
The Bible is God speaking to us, and prayer is us speaking to God. When we pray, we are showing God that we need Him and want a close and strong relationship with Him. God wants us to cast our cares on Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7). I have heard of an acronym that can help others when it comes to praying, and it goes like this:
A – Adoration (Give God praise and honor for who He is as Lord over all)
C – Confession (Honestly deal with the sin in your prayer life)
T – Thanksgiving (Verbalize what you’re grateful for in your life and in the world around you)
S – Supplication (Pray for the needs of others and yourself)
Worshiping is almost like a form of prayer, and it is simply praising the Lord for all that He is and all that He has done. Psalm 95:1,6 says, “Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” Psalm 105:2 says, “Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.”
By doing these three things above (reading the Bible, praying, and worshiping), you will be able to not only grow deeply rooted in your relationship with Christ, but you will be able to effectively help other Christians and reach out to non-Believers. Matthew 22:37-40 says, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Love Christ, love others.
As you are working on growing deeply rooted in Christ, encourage others to do the same and let the Lord use you to inspire others. Every day is a learning experience when it comes to Christianity, and the more and more you learn about God, the more you will want to shine His light to the world.