Trees and Fruit
Posted: May 10, 2017
One of my favorite times of the year is apple-picking season. I love going with my family to the orchard so we can pick honeycrisp apples together. That's cuz they're the best apple ever, and it's not up for debate. If you've been to an apple orchard, you know that different trees have different apples. You can't pick golden delicious apples from a red delicious tree. Just like you can't pick oranges from an apple tree. Each tree produces specific fruit that it can bear. (the one time we are actually comparing apples and oranges...)
Jesus once told a story about trees and fruit in Luke 6:
“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart."
You and I are trees, and we produce fruit. What is in our heart will always come out in what we say and do. We always bear fruit. The question is, what kind of fruit? Take a moment to reflect on your own heart and your own words and actions.
Lord, I want to be a person that produces good fruit. I want what I say and do to bring about good things and positive influence. Change my heart so that I bear fruit worthy of you. In Jesus' name, amen.