Have you ever heard the saying “your roots will determine your fruits”? It’s so simple and yet so profound.
In the natural world you wouldn’t expect an apple tree to produce orange fruits or a peach tree to bear bananas. The day you see that happen, start running. LOL!! (Sorry, but I had to insert a little humor).
Take a minute to look at the tree in the picture above. What’s impressive is the extensive root system that brings structure, strength, stability and sustenance.
So now, you and I are trees. And if we’re rooted and grounded in the word of God, we will be “like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither” Psalm 1:3.
Jeremiah says “but blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-9.
Amen, amen, amen.
Here’s a challenging question. What fruits have we been producing? The Bible teaches about fleshly and spiritual fruits. But what are these? It’s taken me many hard and long lessons to come to the conclusion that any thought or action vaguely resembling a fleshly fruit always leads to disaster. After all, the flesh and the spirit are always fighting against each other; only one can win!
But thank God for clarity. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galations 5:22-23. Jesus said “Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them” Matthew 7:17-19.
By their fruit, we will recognize them…By my fruit, they will recognize me…By your fruit, they will recognize you. It doesn’t get any more straight forward than that.
Father in heaven, thank you for your Word which always brings clarity and direction. Holy Spirit help me to be a tree that brings forth good fruit in due season. In Jesus name. Amen