CB Christmas TreeI was watching a Charlie Brown Christmas on TV the other night and realized how important it is to choose the right tree.

In the beginning, God chose for us to be free and to reinforce and define that freedom, God supplied one restriction, one rule to govern the expression of Adam’s faith. “And the LORD God commanded the man, ‘You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die’.”

In the last days, we must choose the freedom chosen for us in creation. How do we do this? We do this by observing the one rule for living in Romans 10: 8 – 11. But, to do that we must once again consider a tree to supply the one, overriding guide for the expression of our faith and life. It is a tree set in the midst of two thieves and temporarily planted in the place they called The Skull, Golgotha. It a tree of execution both for Christ and for us. As we fix our eyes upon the light of this tree and eat of its fruit, it will kill our bondage to sin, bring us forgiveness, and establish a new life of freedom for us in the Spirit.

How do we express our choice to be free? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”

Have you chosen the right tree?crosses3