fruit * Macro Monday

[I usually work on writing my posts over a several days, so I have to say that I thought it was cool when this general theme came up several times at church yesterday.  God’s good at doing neat things like that! 🙂 ]

By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
[Matthew 7]

Fruit.  You read about it quite a bit in the New Testament.  It’s a term that covers a lot of ground: your motives, your love, your works.  I might define fruit as the proof (or lack of proof) that you mean what you say you believe.

Jesus said a person is known by the fruit that they bear.  The fruit you bear tell a lot about the vine you’re a part of.  “Rotten” fruit comes from being a part of the wrong vine; Good fruit comes from being a part if the True Vine.

Good Fruit.  There’s a passage in Galatians that spells out exactly what good fruit looks like.  And when you think about it, it’s a pretty tall order…

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance… They that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh.
[Galatians 5]

Just remember that the fruit you bear is your testimony.  What does your fruit tell others about?  Does it do justice to the True Vine?

[And just in case you were wondering… your “fruit” should look a *whole* lot more like the berry on the left. 😉 ]


7 thoughts on “fruit * Macro Monday

  1. Such good encouragement for a Monday morning! I love how you reinforced this part: “the fruit you bear *IS* your testimony.” Along those same lines, I see it as the testimony we have of Christ, since we profess Him to live inside of us. It’s a life challenge. 🙂

    • That’s right, Ruth Ann! 🙂 Our testimony can either be “us shining through us” or “Christ shining through us”….. I’ll take Christ shining through any day! 🙂

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