Dear Brethren and Visitors to the site,
Today, Apostle Eric and I had the opportunity to take a bike ride along Lake Huron. It is lovely this time of year. The water is a vivid turquoise blue and stretches out as far as the eye can see. On a lovely day like this of course there were lots of people out gardening, or taking a walk, or out on the water. I could see half a dozen sail boats dotted across the lake.
I reflected on how vast this world is that God created and thought further about how this little dot on the earth is only a little dot in the ocean called the universe. When one thinks about the endless variety of people, animals, and plants we can see that our God created a world filled with life and color and diversity.
To some it may seem that this great God that created variety and diversity meant for us to express faith in Him in many different ways. But this is not true. The Bible states that there is only one faith, one Lord Jesus Christ. (Eph.4:5).
Of course God does not see as man sees nor does He think like man thinks. God sees only one thing and that is His plan. God created this entire universe and world for His one plan to unfold. 2,000 years ago He planted one seed within the earth called Jesus Christ and that one seed produced a tree called the Tree of Righteousness and from that Tree God is in expectation of fruit.
The same God who created such a vast universe and filled the earth with such diversity, planted one tree and is nurturing that one tree so that it will grow and produce the one harvest of fruit He has been waiting for.
But God planted that tree so long ago that a forest of trees has grown up around it. And so this one tree now stands in the middle of a vast forest.
To the carnal mind, there are a great many variety of trees in the forest and each one is worthy of some praise. Some give nuts, some give their wood, and some give syrup. But only the Tree of Righteousness gives salvation to the world.
And just as a bird, naturally speaking, is the crown of a tree, bringing song to itâ€™s branches, so also are the saints of God who are faithful in their priesthood; their spiritual sacrifices of prophecy can be heard and is the glory and crown of Christ.
â€śThe carnal minded see the diversity of the natural world as Godâ€™s seal of approval upon diversity of faith; but the spiritual man sees only Christ whom God has approved for our salvation. His heart thrills as the bird to give praise to God, fulfilling the purpose of his creation through the priesthood sacrifices of faith.â€ť
Your Sister in Christ,
CE Maria vonAnderseck
Second 8th Week Apostolic Institute of Theology