“The righteous shall flourish like the Palm Tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.” Psalm 92:12
AS MEN OF HONOR:
Germination! No I’m not talking about Germany as in the nation of Germany! Germination is a growth process that as Christians we all will participate in. As trees of righteousness we have been planted in this world for God’s great purpose. A tree, any tree first begins with a seed planted in the ground, not so deep that it cannot breath, yet deep enough to allow the seed to begin this process of Germination. At the surface this process almost resembles death, and in fact a part of us must die in order to complete this process. Germination has an order, or steps that we must follow. They are as follows:
- The seed is planted in the ground (read Mathew 13:3-9 “behold a sower went forth to sow, and when he sowed, some seeds…”)
So what exactly happens to the seed after it is sown? Germination happens! This is the process in which a seed changes from the state of dormancy into a growing, living plant. For this to happen the environment must be exact:
- Water is one of the most important parts of this process, and we know that for a tree of righteousness this water is actually God’s word, (Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; and you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Isaiah 55:1), which will cause the seed pod to swell as it is beneath the soil, and eventually burst, which allows water to reach to the plant embryo. Water is essential!
- Oxygen is also essential, (And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Genesis 2:7) * this is absolutely why it is imperative that the seed is not planted too deep, because then it won’t be able to breath!
- Temperature is also essential – it must be the right temperature, not too cold, as it will prevent the flow of vital nutrients. We need to be at the right temperature in our Christian walk in order to germinate and spring forth from the ground.
- And finally light, or into the light! – Once the seed pod bursts and respiration of oxygen begins, this tiny seed gains the strength to reach upward and to push up through the ground towards Heaven, and towards new growth!
This is Germination! A process of growth that every believer in Jesus must allow themselves to take part in, even though at first being buried in dirt is not our idea of great times, it is however what causes us to spring forth as a new creature in Christ!