Do you ever think about the people who influenced your spiritual walk?
Today we are going to learn about how sometimes the people who are blessings to us may have sacrificed in some areas so that we may know Jesus.
I just started going to a new church. This Wednesday was the first time on Bible study night. I caught the last session of the “Living a Life, Love, and Laughter” by Swan. The video sermon was great, I wish I could have been to the previous five sessions.
A Devotional About Spiritual Influencers
The lesson was about how his grandfather planted shade trees for his property that he never got to sit under. Swan’s father and future generations got to get blessings from those shade trees. In the Bible Jeremiah was told by God to pay full price for a field at a time when everyone was about to be led away by captivity. Later generations got to enjoy that land, even though Jeremiah had no idea why he was buying it. (Jeremiah 32:9)
And of course Jesus planted planted shade trees for us at Calvary.
In the Bible study we were given worksheet. I am going to answer some of the questions in this post.
1. Think of those people who have gone before you and planted shade trees in your life. Who are they and how did they pave the way for you?
My foster mom planted my biggest shade tree. She taught me about Jesus’ love, forgiveness, and why bad things happen to us sometimes. Her relationship with my foster dad was the first picture I saw of a loving marriage.
All my past Sunday school teachers and VBS teachers also paved the way for me. They taught me the basics, had me memorize God’s Word, and showed examples of his love.
2. Being a shade tree planter can require a costly commitment. Think of the persons you mentioned in question #1. What did investing in your life (and the life of others) cost them?
My foster mom offered up her home which I believe affected her 2 biological kids a lot. They didn’t quite like the foster kids. Now later in life they don’t have a great relationship.
Sunday school teachers and VBS workers gave up time, talent, and money to invest in the children they were working with.
As with any lesson, now I must ask myself am I making any sacrifices so that I may plant a shade tree for someone else?