This question may seem strange to you, but there is a good lesson to be learned in the answer. As a young man I had some cows which were kept in a pasture. From time to time some of the posts had to be replaced since they became rotten. They would fall over and cause the fence to sag where the cows could get out. This was a source of aggravation to me, since I first had to round up the cows that got out, and then fix the fence. This required both time and work. You know how kids enjoy such things. I sometimes wished the posts would be like the trees so they wouldn’t have to be replaced.
What made the difference? Think! Plant a post and a tree in the ground side by side. At the beginning the tree is small, slender and easily bent or broken. The post on the other hand, is large, solid, and strong. It is hard to move and will support a fence.
But, then the forces of nature take over. The tree begins to grow little by little, gradually becoming bigger and stronger. In a few years it stands tall and sturdy, while the post planted at the same time has rotted and fallen.
What was the difference between the tree and the post? One was dead and the other -was alive. The tree being alive, continued to develop and mature. That is why it got stronger with time. On the other hand, the post no longer had life to sustain it. It was dead, and the ravages of time caused it to become weaker until it collapsed.
Now the application. What about those of us who claim to be Christians? Are we like the tree or the post? If our religious life is lifeless like the post, then we will surely become weaker year by year, until we finally fall away. But if we are truly alive in Christ, then the passing years will see us grow stronger and more mature..
As Christians we have been made alive by the regenerating power of the blood of Christ, Tit. 3:5. Afterward, real spiritual life in us is maintained by fellowship with God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. 1 Jn. 1:1-7.