“Son of man, how does a grapevine compare to a tree?
Is a vine’s wood as useful as the wood of a tree?
Can its wood be used for making things, like pegs to hang up pots and pans?
No, it can only be used for fuel, and even as fuel, it burns too quickly.
Vine branches are useless both before and after being put into the fire!”
An evaluation is defined as, “To ascertain or fix the value or worth of… to examine and judge carefully; appraise” (dictionary.com). In this passage from the book of Ezekiel, we see that there is an evaluative process taking place. In the same way, we evaluate various things in our lives: other people, situations and our personal plans.
It is easy to fall into the pattern of evaluating the things around us and neglecting the evaluation of our own spiritual condition. In Psalms 34:8 it states, “Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in Him!” Evaluate your relationship with God and make the necessary adjustments. God should be our main concern in life—everything else is secondary to Him.
Copyright © 2009 M. Teresa Trascritti
(written for Ohio Christian University, Entrepreneur Basics)