Read Ephesians 3:14-21
Depending on how you measure it, the largest plant in the world could be the Aspen tree. An Aspen grows in stands of what look like individual trees, but the “trees” are actually stems or ramets that are connected to each other by a common root system. One such aspen plant in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah is known to have produced 47,000 stems covering an area of roughly 110 acres. The entire organism is estimated to weigh more than thirteen million pounds.
Measuring by height, rather than weight or area, the largest plant in the world is the coast redwood Sequoia sempervirens, which has been known to climb to a height of 379 feet. This is the size of a thirty-eight story skyscraper.
All these plants have one thing in common: they grow. Year by year, season by season, day by day, they grow. That is generally true of all living things, because life involves growth. Sometimes in height, sometimes in depth. Sometimes in girth, sometimes in length. But growth is a function of living things. It is what they do.
The same should be true of God’s people. The Bible says: “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12). The psalmist probably mentioned the palm tree because it is one of the most common and prolific plants that grow in the lands of the Bible. The cedar of Lebanon was the tallest and hardiest of trees the people of the Bible knew. It can attain heights of one hundred feet.
It is God’s intention for you to grow. Just as He created the Aspen tree to form a root network across many acres and many stems, His intention is for “your roots [to] grow down into God’s love and keep you strong” (Ephesians 3:17, nlt). Just as God made the Sequoia sempervirens to keep growing until it reached the height of a skyscraper, He wants you to “flourish like a palm tree [and] grow like a cedar of Lebanon” (Psalm 92:12).
And “becoming” is just another word for growing. It is about taking your next steps in the right direction and going from one stage to the next. It is about “[growing] in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). What is the next step you need take?