Seven Characteristics of a Palm Tree Christian

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The Holy Bible says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree…” (Ps. 92:12) Every part of the palm tree is very useful. A Christian is supposed to be useful in every possible way.

Seven Characteristics of a Palm Tree Christian

Seven Characteristics of a Palm Tree Christian

Palm tree is mentioned in many places in the Holy Bible in various contexts. People who live in tropical and semi-tropical areas are so familiar with the graceful towering beauty of palm tree. For us in India, they are a very commonly found tree. The tree gives a lot of meanings by the characteristics of this stately growing tree.

Seven Characteristics of a ‘Palm-tree Christian’

1) Growing Upright

Palm tree grows straight up. It has no branches. Always looking up towards heaven the palm tree grows to great height, sometimes even hundred feet!
A true Christian is always looking up towards heaven, trying to know the Will of God and fulfill the Divine Will. Rooted in a land whether fertile or not, it grows up sucking the moisture from the earth. Our life on this earth should be nurtured by our good deeds. Our good deeds give us the moisture to grow. That is why the Psalmist says, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree… (Ps. 92:12).

2) Each and Every Part Useful

Palm tree is known for its usefulness. From top to bottom each and every part of the tree is useful. Only the poor people in eastern countries like India know the value of this tree. It gives the cooling effect in effect by its shade as well as its products. It has many medicinal purposes also. It is profusely used in the Indian medicinal systems Ayurveda and Sidddha. Jaggery (sugar made from Palmyra) produced from it has many medical values. Thousands of people survived on the produces of this tree. Palm leaves are known for their cooling effect and thatched roof were made of these leaves until the concrete buildings came. Even today they used as beams for the roofs. Constructions made of palm trees have been famous for their antiquity.

Ancient history is still alive in the leaves of palm tree. Until printing came into use palm leaves had been the writing materials

A Christian is expected to live for others. He is a witness of love in his heart, words and deeds. As St. Paul write to the Corinthians, the Christian life is a life of sacrifice. “I try to please everyone in everything. I do not seek my own interest, but that of many, this is: that they may be saved.” (1Corinthians 10: 33)

3) A Tree not Affected by Drought

Whatever may the weather condition, palm tree is not affected in any way until you cut it down. The life of the palm however is not affected by any surface injury.
A true Christian life is not baffled by any trial or tribulation in life. He is completely dependent on God and takes everything according to the will of God. He draws his strength of life through his trust in God and always sings, “The Lord is my shepherd, I hall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters, he restores my soul. He guides me through the right paths for his name’s sake.” (Psalm23: 1-3)

4) Evergreen Tree

The palm tree is perennially green throughout all seasons. Life flows within its being continually and keeps it fresh. Rains may fail. Storms may shake and sway the tree with great force. But nothing happens to the palm tree.
True Christians are considered ‘Palm-tree Christians’ because they never change. They are the same vibrant witnesses of God’s grace throughout the day because Jesus Christ Himself is ‘the same yesterday, today and forever.’ A faithful Christian says, “I know what is to be in want and what is have plenty. I am trained for both: to be hungry or satisfied, to have much or little. I can do all things in him who strengthens me.”(Philippians 4:12-13)

5) Inability to Graft

It is an interesting factor of a palm tree that it is impossible to graft a palm tree into another palm tree. If it is done it will die. It has this unique character of identity.
A ‘Palm-tree Christian’ cannot be grafted to any another identity. He has only one master. He cannot serve two masters—God and wealth. He is aware of his Master’s words. “No man can serve two masters” (Matt. 6:24)

6) An Emblem of Victory

In the famous Sanskrit epic Raghuvamsam, the great poet Kalidasa has described that when the Emperor Raghu’s ‘Digvijaya forces’ entered the boundaries of the Chera kingdom in the south, they were welcomed by the leaves of Palm trees. Palm leaves have a special mention in the ancient Tamil literatures of South India, as a symbol of victory. The palm leaves were sent to the neighboring kings carrying messages of war and peace.

The same thing we find in Bible. Palm branches were carried as tokens of victory. This we see in the triumphant march of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. It is mentioned in the book of Revelations as a token of victory.

7) Palm Tree Shows the Place of Water

Palm tree has a very acute sense of finding water resource. Its roots go deep to find out water even in dry places. Even in a desert filled with hot sand, the palm tree survives bearing the scorching heat of the sun.

A Christian finds his livelihood in Christ ‘the living water’. He is the living water that can quench any thirst. Jesus said, “Those who drink of the water that I shall give will never be thirsty” (John 4: 14). A Christian can show the way towards ‘the living water’.


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author avatar siboiss
31st Aug 2010 (#)

I don't think I have ever heard that terminology used before. Interesting.

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author avatar Denise O
31st Aug 2010 (#)

I feel every word of this article is spot on, thank you.

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author avatar Bonga
17th Aug 2011 (#)

This is very powerful. A great teaching indeed.

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author avatar Steve nixon
17th Aug 2011 (#)

great article and insights!

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author avatar Pdrobbers
8th Sep 2012 (#)

Good stuff, and interesting read.

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author avatar Rev.David .z
26th Mar 2013 (#)

Good teaching very inspiring brother God bless you and use you more amen.

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author avatar ABE MOSES ADEKUNLE
8th Oct 2013 (#)

Nice article here. I'll like to get more about the usefuless of all parts of a palm tree. Thanks and God bless.

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author avatar Simphiwe
2nd Jun 2014 (#)

Mouth watering thanks

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author avatar Douglas
22nd Jun 2014 (#)

Great Sermon

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author avatar April
5th Aug 2014 (#)

Thank you for being truthful and using scripture references in your article. Very powerful and informative without being preachy

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author avatar DEON SMITH
11th Aug 2014 (#)

May God help me to bend like a palm tree in hurricanes, and when the storm is over it grow up straight again, with my roots more firmly in the Rock Jesus.

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author avatar Hom
14th Dec 2014 (#)

It was a great blessing reading this article. God bless your work.

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author avatar Absalom A. F. Kendor
2nd Apr 2015 (#)

I am aware of palm tree viability in human society regardless of the part of the globe it is found, but relating its to Christian lifestyle is incredible for me to learn from your article. This is a complete lesson for growing Christian like me .

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