My husband and I, during the fall, we moved to a new property, a new house with wooded acreage and the property was beautiful. It’s still beautiful. But we learned that it had been just a little bit neglected. And so there are all these trees that we weren’t sure if they were going to come back. Well, as the weather has gotten warmer, we noticed that we have a fruit tree in the front of our yard. And so it’s gathering leaves. And we’ve been trying to guess for the past week or so, what kind of a fruit tree it is. We have no idea. We aren’t tree experts by any stretch of the imagination. And all of the apps in the world are not helping us right now. The tree is pretty much indistinguishable from anything else. It’s because it doesn’t have any fruit on it yet.
Luke 6:43-45 says, “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of his heart his mouth speaks.” This verse shows us that our fruit tells us how we are known. Jesus says, “I am the vine and you are the branches,” so our fruit should look like His if we’re plugged into Him. As we grow, as we learn from Him, we begin to look like Jesus. Our fruit begins to look like His fruit. So what kind of fruit are you displaying? Could someone look at your lifestyle and say, “Yep, that’s a Jesus tree.” I sure hope so.
God, help us look like you from the inside out. Help us strengthen our core, Lord God, that everything that comes out of us is an abundance of the fruit of the Spirit, Lord, peace, joy, patience. God, let us overflow and make it so clear that we’re yours. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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