Fresh, Young, and Flowing with Sap

2 Peter 1:4: “He
has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you
might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that
is in the world by lust.”

Psalm 92:13-14 “[The
righteous] will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still yield fruit
in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green.”

These two passages, written nearly a thousand years apart, seem today to have
divine juxtaposition. Peter holds out the promise that as we receive true life
and holiness through faith in Christ, we will participate in His divine life,
“having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust.” Similarly, the
psalmist wrote in Psalm 92 that if we become righteous (which can happen only
by giving ourselves fully to Christ), we will flourish and still yield fruit
even in our old age; we will remain full of sap and very green.

Application: Well hallelujah! Haven’t
I been looking for the proverbial fountain of youth?
I think I have
stumbled upon it! What a fun thing to contemplate,
that I can grow old as earthly years are counted yet still remain like a young
sapling spiritually
, filled with strength and vigor in the Lord to
impact those around me. 

I can recall many times reading with some envy the story of
Abraham and Sarah. They trusted God and conceived a child in their old age, in
a season of life where physical corruption should long since have made such a
thing impossible. But such corruption, the ossification of my spirit, is not my
necessary lot in life. Although the body does indeed
grow old and stiffen, my spirit never ages
, for I am filled with His
Holy Spirit, and He is eternal. The “me” that I am lives forever! 

Like a flexible green sapling catching fresh winds from
heaven and happily passing them along, I can remain filled with life and
fruitfulness all my days. I am not asking God for new physical offspring, as
did Abraham, but I do pray for my life to produce good fruit of eternal value
each day I remain on the earth. The power of His life within me need never
suffer corruption and decay.

Prayer: Holy
Spirit, breathe Your life into me afresh. Fill me today so fully that You overflow
all I do, all I say, all I write. Give me knowledge and understanding so I can
speak Your life to those around me.  And
make me a useful instrument in Your hands until the moment I cross over into
Your manifest presence.  I love You,

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