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Day 16: The Profile of a Flourishing Life

Jan 16 2014

It is not difficult to recognise a flourishing tree. Its roots are planted in good soil with signs of growth; healthy foliage, fruit, flowers and seeds are abundant.

Like the tree, a flourishing life is a fruitful life; it will show signs of growth and health with plenty of nourishing fruit. A flourishing life grows like a “cedar in Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12), becoming strong and resilient, rising above the storms of life to provide shelter for others.

A fruitful life is the result of sowing good seed into healthy soil. So, how can you know if you are sowing your life into something that will prove fruitful and productive on the scale of eternity? Ask yourself:

What am I sowing my life into?

Your priorities reflect your values. Jesus said, “…on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” Jesus made it clear that He is sowing into His Church and that not even Hell itself can come against it! Make God’s House a priority and you will build your life on an unshakeable foundation. When you do, it will also position you sow your life into other things of true value – eg. family and friendship, integrity and generosity.

Is the soil of my heart healthy?

To live a flourishing life, you must also continue to confront attitudes and mindsets that pull you away from the purposes of God. For example, selfishness, unforgiveness, unbelief and fear will sap the God-life from you. God is ready to help you confront these internal challenges. Submit yourself to Him and His Word and resist the work of the enemy in your life, and your life will begin to flourish.

SCRIPTURE: Matthew 6:33 in the NLT promises this – “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”.

Prayer: Father, I want my life to flourish and be a source of hope and help to others. Teach me how to put You first in everything and to confidently trust You for all I need. I ask this in Jesus Name, Amen.