For the front lawn at our home, I chose and planted a healthy young magnolia tree especially for [my wife] Bev to enjoy. This was about 20 years ago.
The tree grew fast at first, showing the brilliance of those dark green leaves and producing awesome white blossoms with golden stamens. I felt so good about my wife driving by that tree daily while going and coming to and from our house.
But… last year the leaves began to look pale and the top part of the tree began drop more leaves than it produced. My heart started to panic, especially after taking some of the branches and leaves to an expert nurseryman in town. He said the severe drought we had a few years ago caused damage to magnolias all over town.
He said the roots were damaged by the drought and it would take the very best of treatment to save the tree. Magnolias need more iron and other minerals than some other trees. He also said magnolias have roots near the surface of the soil and they need a lot of water. He prescribed treating the soil with iron, rebuilding the soil at the base of the tree and good watering for the future. My hope began to soar.
The parallel to our human condition is amazing. A drought of the water of the Word of God can virtually kill your spiritual life. But you can regain your spiritual health by adding not only hearing the word but also reading and studying it.
Finally getting connected to other members of the body of Christ and to the Lord Himself will save your life and add joyful years of happiness and fulfillment. You will be amazed at the wonder of God’s riches that have been waiting for you. Help yourself to them! They are God’s gift to you.
– Pastor Ras Robinson
Pastor Ras Robinson is the founder of Fullness in Christ Church in Fort Worth, Texas where he still serves as overseeing apostle. He is also president of Fullness in Christ Ministries, Inc.. He ministers in the five-fold gifting of apostle and is a popular conference speaker and author. With a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and many years experience in management and leadership, is uniquely gifted in recognizing and training leaders. This gifting has opened the door for him to successfully work with pastors and leaders across the country.