By Cheryl Schang,
JVMI’s Vice President of Global Outreach
In part two, Cheryl explains that in order to be a successful servant of God, we must be willing to be taken out from our tree—that place of comfort and familiarity, past success, and old ways of thinking.
Imagine that an archer is looking for a branch to become an arrow. He says to this branch, “I am going to cut you out, and you are going to enjoy speed and flight and hitting targets.”
The branch says, “What’s speed? What’s flight? What’s a target?” These are all new concepts to a branch sitting in a tree.
If you are the branch, you will never know the peace you can have in fulfilling your destiny until you are willing to be cut out. You have to be willing to die to the old lifestyle. You can’t put any confidence in your flesh, your position, or your possessions. You can’t stay safe in your tree with Jesus. You must be willing to have it all cut away in order to experience the new thing that God has for you.
When we are cut away, it means we have to leave behind some of the old thinking. In our society, there is a lot of relativism that says it’s OK for you, but it’s not for me. The Holy Spirit is good for you, but I don’t really need it. Praying for people is good for you, and you should do it, but it’s just not my thing. Where do we get that? That’s not from the Bible! That’s a secular way of thinking, and you are not going to experience speed and flight with that kind of thinking.
You’re not going to be able to hit targets when you have defined yourself as who you are instead of the letting the Lord redefine you and turn you into something new.
This series is based on a sermon by Terry Virgo.
Read More in the Arrow Series:
- Part One: God’s Refining Process
- Part Two: Cut from the Tree
- Part Three: Stripping the Leaves
- Part Four: Straightening the Branch
- Part Five: Affixing the Arrowhead
- Part Six: Adding Balance
- Part Seven: Questioning the Quiver