If you read our last blog post, “Tag Team,” then you’ll remember all the ways we’re spending our time when we could be spending time with God instead. When you get home from school or work, what do you do? Do you mindlessly scroll through TikTok, watch Netflix for hours on end, or go to the gym? How are YOU spending your time?
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.Psalm 1
Psalm 1:3 paints a picture of a tree that was planted by water. The roots soak up the water and, in turn, the tree bears fruit. However, let’s imagine that this tree is an apple tree, was planted in the desert, and that its roots get very little water. Do you think that tree will bear any apples? Probably not. It will most likely die.
Just as the tree is affected by its source of life, so are we. Psalm 1:2 says that the person who delights in the Bible and meditates on it is blessed and will prosper. If we are studying God’s Word, praying, and spending time talking with other believers, then we will bear Godly fruit.
What does it mean to bear Godly fruit? Let’s look at Galatians 5:22-23.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…Galatians 5:22-23
On the other hand, if we are spending our time on worldly things and are surrounded by people who don’t know Jesus, then we are wicked and will inevitably give into our flesh. Psalm 1:6 says the wicked will perish.
What does it mean to give into our flesh? Let’s look at Galatians 5:19-21.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these…Galatians 5:19-21
- Instead of mindlessly scrolling through TikTok, you follow Christian accounts?
- Instead of watching Netflix for hours, you pick up your Bible and read it?
- Instead of listening to music while working out, you listen to a Christian podcast?
How would YOUR life change if YOU were rooted in God’s Word?
Let’s plant ourselves by streams of water and allow our roots to soak up God’s blessings.