Judges 9:8 Once the trees searched for someone to be king; they asked the olive tree, “Will you be our king?” But the olive tree replied, “My oil brings honor to people and gods. I won’t stop making oil, just to have my branches wave above the other trees.
The olive tree grows to about 60 metres in height and bears juicy green berries which turn black when treated. In Bible times the oil was used for healing wounds; as fuel in lamps; for enriching wood; and for anointing priests, kings and those requiring healing. It was indeed an important tree, yet in this short parable it refuses to be king. It would not accept high position at the risk of losing its true identity.
Do we sometimes go after high positions at the cost of losing our own identity?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to never seek after glory rather than do the specific task you have equipped me to do.