“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” – Matthew 12:33
As “trees”, though we cannot make ourselves good or bad, we can submit our hearts and minds to Him, who is abundantly able to cultivate His goodness in us so that we bear good fruit.
In order for a tree to bear good fruit, it must be planted in fertile soil. The tree must also be pruned at various times, in due season, to remove sickness, disease, and places that have become rotten, hindering the full potential for growth within the tree. Without the trimming, branches become withered and the tree is left fruitless. When a tree is properly nourished and pruned regularly, it becomes a tree that bears good and abundant fruit.
The fertile soil is God’s word, in which we must be firmly rooted if we hope to bear good fruit. The Holy Spirit waters the soil and breathes life and understanding into the word as it makes way throughout our entire existence. We must be kept from unnecessary exposure to the elements that do not breathe life, lest they cling to our branches and attempt to worm way into our core and produce fruit that is rotten.
As we allow our roots to receive the word and the water, it also becomes necessary for our branches to be pruned. Each exposed end must be trimmed and cut off, if we are to truly bear good fruit. The fruit that lasts, that nourishes its recipients, is that of the Spirit – peace, patience, gentleness, kindness, faithfulness and self-control. Fruit such as these enter the heart and mind of the recipient, and encourage all who are exposed to its goodness.
It is also written, “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” – Matthew 7:19 I added this verse not meaning to be full of doom and gloom, but to remind each of us that we must make a choice, as ultimately it will determine our final destination…
Dear Heavenly Father, please raise us up as trees that are firmly established in Your soil, and able to receive the water and nutrients that You provide as we allow our roots to dig deeply into the fertile foundation You have granted each of us. Please trim away all that hinders good fruit from growing. May we each become the bearers of good fruit, that nourish a nation in need of Your mercy and grace. Breathe new life into all of us as we grow. May every one of us become trees that are recognized by the fruit that we allow You to cultivate in us. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present