“She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is everyone that retaineth her” (Proverbs 3:18). King Solomon is being used by God here to encourage us toward truth and wisdom. He writes of our happiness in finding true wisdom and understanding in verse 13. He then writes that “She (wisdom) is more precious than rubies: and all the things thou canst desire are not to be compared unto her” (verse 15). He also writes of riches and honor from wisdom in the next verse and the “ways of pleasantness and all her paths are peace” (in verse 17).

To receive Jesus Christ into our hearts as our personal Savior is the right way of wisdom to begin and then to grow in our lives. This wonderful, eternal truth is our “tree of life” that is spoken about being planted again, as we find, who are eventually in Heaven one day (Revelation 22:2-3).

The God-centered spiritual life found by accepting Jesus as personal Savior is the one “tree of life” that we each really need to take and then to guard with every aspect of our lives. There is nothing else in our lives that meets our needs. Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man (or woman) cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). He explains to His disciples in verse nine that “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”

Jesus is the one way that any of us today can eventually arrive in Heaven. This genuine wisdom is spoken of by anticipation nearly a thousand years before Christ walked upon earth. Jesus always was the Word, as written in John, chapter one: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him … In him was life, and the life was the light of men (mankind)” (John 1:1-4). Jesus is light and eternal life. When we come to acknowledge this truth and to receive it into our lives, we then realize how important it is to tell others so that they may understand their need for Christ also.

There is a tendency for us to accept Christ as personal Savior and then to think we have no command to tell others the good news. Jesus made it clear in Matthew 28 (last three verses) that we have this vital job for the rest of our lives. Proverbs 11:30 even told us this way before Matthew wrote. It encourages us that: “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he (or she) that winneth souls is wise.”

The only righteous person is Christ, and those who are “in Christ” are thus given a righteous position. “Living for Jesus a life that is true” are words of a song that encourage us to stay in constant touch with Him in order to know what to do next. This keeps adding more spiritual fruit to our lives and prepares us for Heaven more each day.

So many folks are running “to and fro” in trying to pay bills, keep life together, rest whenever possible and end up having no time for Jesus or in receiving Him as Savior. Hearts are never satisfied when emptied of Jesus. Proverbs 13:12 says that “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” God has given to each of our hearts a want for the right things in life. Once we open our hearts and yield our lives to Christ, we find that this is the thing we have needed, sometimes for so long.

Receiving Jesus is more rejuvenating to our spirit than anything we could ever imagine. Our long-continued hope of one day making every joy come true is answered in Christ. This tree of life is then realized as abiding, confident and an everlasting life of joy and hope. We know that “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God” (Psalm 40:2 and 3a). That new song is the change that has begun in our hearts to start us upon the road to Heaven.

Being yielded to salvation in Christ begins to make change and help us to grow in our lives with new lives and purposes. It will change our thoughts, our intentions, our purposes and our words. We need to now enjoy the wholesome tongue that comes through knowing Jesus Christ as Savior. Proverbs tells us that “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life,” in the first one-half of Proverbs 15:4. It is a happy and a healing speech that glorifies God. We need to make changes in how we think and in how we talk. We need to become a truthful tree of life in every aspect of life. It will cause others to watch and to hear the changes in our lives. Prayerfully, others will also see their need to accept and to grow in Christ. We must not be vulgar, foolish and always complaining. Our advancements need to be in encouraging, instructing and comforting other in Jesus Christ.

We need to attain, and then demonstrate, true wisdom of life through Christ. Our hearts and minds need this confident hope and joy in life. It comes only through faith in Jesus, and “without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him “(Hebrews 11:6).

Let’s get advanced each day in seeking Christ!