Sharing Sunday: What kind of tree are you? (hint: check out your fruit)

Our Pastor shared the Truth with us yesterday, as taught by Jesus and recorded in the twelfth chapter of John.

I assure you: Unless a grain of  wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains by itself. But if it dies, it produces a large crop.

The one who loves his life will lose it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:24-25)

A living that dies.  And a dying that lives.

A love of life, this temporal existence, producing death.

Yet a disregard for the life on earth preserving an eternal and glorious existence.

Each yielding a harvest of fruit.

A good tree doesn’t produce bad fruit; on the other hand, a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit. (Luke 6:43)

In the same way, every good tree produces good fruit, but a bad tree produces bad fruit.  (Matthew 7:17)

National Arboretum Lime Tree by Mr T in DC via Flickr

Excellent fruit dripping ripe from the healthy tree.

A sickly and spoiled crop hanging loosely from the branches of the diseased tree.

You’ll recognize them by their fruit.  (Matthew 7:16a)

Tonys Fruit Trees by proper dave via Flickr

Then, a question.

To all bearers of fruit.

From Jesus.

Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say?  (Luke 6:46)

And a warning, lest you’re unconcerned with your fruit production.

Every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  (Matthew 7:19)

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.  (Matthew 7:21)

Tony's Fruit Trees by proper dave via Flickr

We find John the Baptist, always paving the way.

Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!

Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance.  (Matthew 3:2, 8)

Reminding us to produce fruit.

A harvest consistent with reform.

Life proving a change.

Feet following the heart.

Godly sorrow accompanying repentance.

More than a simple external alteration.  A movement of mind, will and emotions.

Producing healthy fruit by dying to self in order to live for Christ.

About Cristal

Living life fully as the wife of one, a mother of two and follower of The One.
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29 Responses to Sharing Sunday: What kind of tree are you? (hint: check out your fruit)

  1. Naphtali says:

    very good! and so true!

  2. dschondog says:

    There is that old “dying to self” again. I think I’ve been able to shut down a few more parts since I last perused this topic. I pray they stay in the “off” position so that Jesus can take over and I move at HIS will, not my own. Thanks for the fruit-ful post!

  3. Judy says:

    Hi Cristal,
    Every time I read those verses and others like them I have conflicting reactions. First is a knee-jerk anxiety…Am producing enough/good fruit? But then I remember that I am saved by grace and am under no condemnation. The comforting truth is that I cannot produce fruit any more than a gardener is responsible for the growth of a seed. Somehow I trust that the Lord is growing fruit from the seed of faith in my life. Yet I must cooperate…it’s a mysterious tension. As Paul said, we plant seeds and God makes them grow. As usual, you communicate challenging truth beautifully.
    Judy

  4. Larry Who says:

    “…Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say? (Luke 6:46)…”

    For three or four years, I have been intrigued with this scripture. It’s one of those verses that we look at and think only in terms of Bible verses, but it’s more than that. It includes the leading of the Holy Spirit and hearing His voice also.

    Good post.

  5. andrewhedges says:

    This has been a focus of my study and reflections lately. I’ve found some great helps in books like The Fruitful Life by Jerry Bridges (http://www.amazon.com/The-Fruitful-Life-Overflow-Through/dp/1600060277/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337092014&sr=8-1) and Spiritual Rhythm by Mark Buchanan (http://www.amazon.com/Spiritual-Rhythm-Being-Jesus-Season/dp/0310293650/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337092048&sr=1-1). May we be known by our fruit not simply admired for our leafy-ness. Thanks for sharing.

    • Cristal says:

      Amen! Known by our fruit and not the frills! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us here today. I am glad you stopped by and hope you come back soon.

  6. Desiray says:

    I loved what you Pastor shared with you all. And I pray that my fruit shows and that it falls on good ground all the time….WE must be obedient to the Lord when He tells us.

  7. Here’s the challenge I see resulting from these various verses, as acted out in my church: People see these verses and think to themselves: “Ah, I am supposed to ‘bear good fruit’. Well, I’m a pastor/church leader/church member, and Jesus said it, so I better get to bearing fruit, or at least look like I’m bearing fruit. If I’m not bearing fruit the other church members will think I’m not doing what Jesus said…they may fire me…I need to bear fruit! What can I do to prove that I’m bearing fruit? How many ministries can I serve in to show everyone how fruitful I am?”

    Bearing fruit isn’t one of those ‘fake it ’till you make it’ things…that’s how God’s Word gets twisted by human striving. That’s how churches become museums for saints rather than hospitals for sinners. That’s the kind of place that buries sin beneath a deep layer of denial.

    • Cristal says:

      It’s almost as if you’ve known me for years and are describing my progress from being works oriented to Spirit led. Not that works are bad (James 2:15-18). But, I would read the Scriptures and then (in my own effort) attempt to look like what I read. Exactly the way you described. I truly regret those wasted years. And I pray God will redeem what I lost. I am certainly not perfect now. But, I am learning it’s God’s Spirit in me Who produces the fruit. Being immersed in Him and His Word creates a perfect environment for a healthy growth of His fruit. Thank you for sharing an often overlooked and purposefully neglected truth.

  8. Vince Chough says:

    Awesome Cristal! Been so busy… glad to at least catch this one.
    Bless you!

  9. I really enjoy reading your Sunday posts, Cristal. I’m using today to catch up on all the blogs I follow. Yours is continuously one of my favorites!

    • Cristal says:

      Thank you, Carrie. I’m still searching for my catch-up day. Your blog is also a favorite of mine. And I have some He Says She Says emails waiting for me! ;)

  10. joseyphina says:

    Very touching! God bless you for sharing.

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