Two little saplings grew side by side, crossing each other in their growth. In time, the bark of each was wounded as the two rubbed against each other. Then the sap mingled and slowly they became united.
The process continued until they became compacted together. Then the stronger tree began to absorb the weaker. It grew larger and larger, while the other tree grew smaller and smaller, until it began to wither and slowly die. The two trunks can clearly be seen at the base of the tree, but only one tree is visible at the top.
If you are a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, there was a time when you and Jesus Christ met. The wounds of your penitent heart began to knit with the wounds of His loving heart, and you were united.
WHERE ARE YOU NOW?
Are the two lives still running parallel?
Are you bonded to Him,
or are you still struggling on your own,
trying to grow in your own strength?
Is His sap flowing through you, nourishing you, changing you?
Is the old life diminishing?
Are you so bonded to Him that you (the I, me, mine) have died?
Can the world look at your life and see Jesus Christ?
Or do they still see you and your old nature?
I am the Vine. You are the branches.
2 Corinthians 5:17
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
Old things have gone. All things have become new.
He must increase. I must decrease.
O the bitter shame and sorrow
That a time could ever be
When I let the Saviour’s pity
Plead in vain, and proudly answered,
“ALL of self, and NONE of Thee”
Yet He found me. I beheld Him,
Bleeding on the accursed tree;
Heard Him pray, ‘Forgive them, Father!’
And my wistful heart said faintly,
“SOME of self, and SOME of Thee”
Day by day, His tender mercy,
Healing, helping, full and free,
Sweet and strong, and ah! So patient,
Brought me lower, while I whispered,
“LESS of self, and MORE of Thee”
Higher than the highest heavens,
Deeper than the deepest sea,
Lord, Thy love at last has conquered!
Grant me now my supplication:
“NONE of self, and ALL of Thee!”
When people look at me, do they see two trees growing side by side?
Or do they see the CHANGE as my ‘tree’ – my life –
became united with Christ, becoming one with Him?
Do they see . . . one life or two?
“NONE of self, and ALL of Christ”?