Wednesday: 27th June, 2018
Reference text : Matthew 7:15-20
Matthew 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
What would it be like if each of us could have a view into the minds of anyone we came into contact with, such that while interacting with them, we had a clear image of whatever was churning in their heads? Are they thinking well about us? Do they want our good? Or are they just wolves waiting to pounce? If all this information was available to us from the very start, our interactions with others could be rather empty – filled with mistrust and constant doubting.
While trees like the mangrove, which possess breathing roots, have part of these appearing above the ground, many other trees have their roots hidden beneath the soil. It is only when they are intentionally exposed or revealed by some natural event like rainfall, that we have a chance to see them.
Therefore, to give us an idea of how to tell who is for us and who isn’t, Jesus lays down some unchanging markers – the fruits they bear. Because unlike roots, the fruits of many trees are always on display, usually with vibrant colours that sway to the song of the wind. In the classification of fruits, it’s either, or; there is no midpoint criteria.
Simply put- some fruits are good, others are not. Our fruits are the only things that will tell others of what sort of tree we are. We cannot therefore proclaim an attachment to the tree called Jesus, and yet bring forth bad fruit because it is impossible for that to happen. Therefore, if your fruits are communicating a different message, other than the cross and what it stands for, then it’s time to check your connection.
Remember # A good tree CANNOT bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.