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Only a Plank

I'm going God's way!

Application

Jesus wants us to be signposts to the way that leads to Heaven.

Text

Proverbs 14:12.

 

Two Small Trees:

There were two small trees that grew side by side in a clearing in a forest.  On one side was Lemon Tree and on the other side was Fir Tree.  One was small and round, while the other was tall and pointed.  Each day they would talk to each other and boast what they would become when they grew up.

One day Lemon Tree got upset and said, "It's not fair, you are growing so tall, but just look at fat little me.  All I do is grow rounder and rounder each day.  I just can't grow tall like you!"

Fir Tree laughed at little Lemon Tree and said, "You're no use at all.  I'm a tree they will make useful things from, but they'll probably just chop you down for firewood!"  This so upset Lemon Tree that she refused to talk to Fir Tree for the rest of that day.

Bearing Good Fruit:

Next day God spoke to Lemon Tree and said, "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree can be recognised by it's own fruit" (Luke 6:43).  "You mean that I am a good tree?" asked Lemon Tree.

"Yes, I see many juicy lemons on your branches," came the answer, "And you are doing just what I created your for.  I'm well pleased with you!"  Lemon Tree turned to Fir Tree, "Did you hear that?  I'm going to grow stronger and produce much more fruit!"  And she did just that.

Fir Tree Dreams:

In the meantime Fir Tree grew taller and taller.  As he towered over Lemon Tree he said, "I wonder what I will be?  Maybe I will be made into a throne for a grand king, or into a fine ship that can sail the seven seas!"

The day came when timber men came into the wood.  "This is a fine straight tree," they said and started to chop down Fir Tree.  He fell with a great crash that made the ground shake like jelly!   "Farewell my friend," whispered Lemon Tree, "I hope you become all that you wanted to be."

Fir Tree was excited as they cut him into long planks of wood.  "I'm going to be an important ship!" he shouted.  But the men just piled his timber into a heap and left the woods.  "Huh!" he thought, "Now I'm just a pile of planks and no use to anyone!"

The Signpost:

Many months later, when Fir Tree had given up hoping that anybody would use his planks, a man came along with a saw and started measuring the planks and cutting them into short and long lengths.  "Surely the long planks are timbers for a fine ship, and the short planks for a grand throne" he thought.  But no, the man piled the planks onto a cart that rumbled off to a nearby city.

Fir Tree was horrified when the man began to hammer his long planks into the ground at a place where two roads met.  He couldn't believe it!  Now the man was painting words onto his short planks!  "But, I was meant to be a throne or a fine ship to sail the seven seas!" he protested.

"You were a tall fine Tree that pointed to My Heaven," said a quiet Voice, "Now you are to become a signpost that will show My children the way they should go."

The Two Ways:

Fir Tree looked at his signpost which pointed two ways.  One arm said "Broad Way" and the other said "Narrow Way."  He asked, "You mean that children have to choose which way they are going to go?"

"Yes," said the quiet Voice, "Children need to choose whether they will follow My Son on the 'Narrow Way' and accept Him as their Saviour, so that He can bring them safely home to Heaven."

"What happens if they go the other way on the 'Broad Way'?" asked Fir Tree.  "That way only leads to destruction and being eternally separated from Me," said the Voice sorrowfully, "But children have a free will and they must choose for themselves which way they wish to go."

The Right Way:

Fir Tree stood proudly every day as he watched children of all ages walk down the road.  He was sad when many made the "Broad Way" their choice.  He realised that they had not read Proverbs 14:12 which says:

"There is a way that seems right to a man,
but in the end it leads to death."

But his heart jumped with joy as a few chose the "Narrow Way".  He wondered at the joyful singing and music that came floating back in the air as they trudged over the hill in the distance, where a great beacon of light beckoned.

Being Fruitful:

Do you remember how fruitful the lemon tree was?  God wants to make you very fruitful as well.  God also wants you to go the right way and ask Jesus into your heart.  He then wants you to grow tall as a Christian by living a life that will please Jesus.

And then you will become a signpost to the way that leads to Heaven.  I hope you will be one at school and at home!

God bless.
 

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