“By their fruits you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7: 16,17 &20
Looking at the fruits of this coconut tree, they appear hard and enduring and can be deadly if they fall on your head! The verses in Matthew tell us that God expects us to produce good fruit for Him and that we can and will recognize other believers by their fruit. That is a staggering thought. What fruit do I produce for the Lord the shows that I am a believer? Galatians 5:22-23 tells us that godly fruit is to be produced by believers. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Which of these are evident in your life? Do people know by your actions that you belong to Jesus?
I was at a craft faire yesterday and bought a necklace that intrigued me. It was made from the seeds of a plant grown only on the Big Island of Hawaii. The seeds had to be harvested, dried and then strung making earrings, bracelets and necklaces. They were unlikely fruit made to be useful and beautiful. I pray that I am like that for the Lord. I desire to produce fruit for Him and be used in His kingdom. I want to be flexible and moldable into a beautiful person that reflects Jesus. How about you?
Striving to please Him in all that I do,