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Producing Healthy Fruit

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

My good friend Frank has a peach tree in his back yard, and over the past few years I have been fortunate to receive some jars of amazing peach preserves.  Frank told me the quality of the preserves weren’t simply the result of some secret recipe, but the tree from which the peaches come.  He said, “Not every tree produces the same quality fruit—each tree is different.  Soil, water, nutrients and even pruning all play a factor in the type of fruit produced.”

I started thinking about this process of good fruit coming from well-fed fruit trees, and I thought about how God uses fruit trees within His Scripture as an illustration to depict both healthy and unhealthy spiritual people, with respect to the works in their life.  In the Old Testament we see Jeremiah using the tree for an illustration of a believer who is walking with God when he said, “For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit”(Jer. 17:8).

And in the Book of Luke we see Jesus giving a parable about a fruit tree that produced no fruit—representing a person making a commitment to Christ whose life reflected no change since their profession of faith.

He also spoke this parable: “A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, “Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, “Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it." Luke 13:6-8 (NKJV)

I am encouraged by this parable, because the owner of the vineyard was patient not to take the tree out after years of not producing fruit, but instead, chose to fertilize and feed it so it could bear fruit.  This is another example of God’s faithfulness to every person who made a profession of faith.  God will be faithful to fertilize every person at their roots with the mineral rich nutrient of His Word, as long as they want it and are willing to receive it.

So, in the same way a tree will only produce fruit when it is watered and fed properly, we will only produce God's attributes, His character, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit when we are being watered and fed by our Lord.  We do this as we have an abiding relationship with Him  (John 15:1-5).  It is good to know we don’t have to strive to produce fruit in and of our own efforts—we just have to stay connected to Jesus Christ and allow our roots to tap into God’s Word.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Psalm 1:1-3, what does God liken a person to who meditates upon His Law (Word) day and night?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you take time to mediate upon God’s Word every day?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to make time to seek the Lord in reading His Word.  Let’s pray before we start—asking Him to reveal His truth and will. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for feeding us with the nutrients of Your Word.  Help us today to retain everything You desire for us to receive.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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