“I hear the beautiful hyms He sings while He walks through the forest. The tree’s gently swaying in the wind, the crackling of branches and the sounds of the animals all join in, to create a soft melody of praise along with Him. As He walks qracefully across the forest floor, He tenderly cares for each tree He has planted. Around His waist, secured His tools needed for nurturing and prunning His nursey of trees. I watched with great intent as He delicately attended for each one, in no sense of a rush but with tender love and care. Despite what condition a tree was in, He did what He could to help to reach it’s fullest growth.”
A chapter I cannot seem to get past is John 15 “Jesus is like a vine”. For it is so rich in revealing the goodness of the Father and the beauty of Jesus as our source of life. As a follower of Christ, do you bear His fruit? “The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:22-23. Are those around you clearly able to see evidence of following Jesus without declaring your faith? For when we remain in Jesus, He is evident through our entire being. For when we come into life with Him, He is our source of life. We are to dig our roots deep into His source of living water and grow in His stature, His character, bearing much of His fruit.
“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If any remain in me and I remain in them, they produce much fruit. But without me they can do nothing…You should produce much fruit and show that you are my followers, which brings flory to my Fathers” John 15:5,8
Just as a branch need care, so do our lives need the care, nurture and prunning of the Lord. For when remaining in Him, we will produce a life and ministry of fruitfulness by allowing Him to work through us, Prunning the branches in which are thriving to produce more fruit for His Kingdom. However the branches in our lives that are not producing fruit, instead of continually trying to care for that which is dead as even dead branches still steal water and life from the source but nothing good comes from them. For ultimatly they are taking away that which our other fruitful branches could be using and thriving in. Allowing all our energy and life to go towards that which is bearing most fruit in our lives will continue to reap a harvest of righteousness.
In our lives may we allow Jesus to remove that which is dead in us (our Flesh and sin) and only allow His Spirit to work in and through us. Bearing much fruit in the areas of our life where we are working through the fullness of His power and our giftings, which He has indwelt in us. May we be oaks of righteousness, grounding our roots in only the source of true living water and allowing His life to flow through us, producing and bearing branches and fruit of His Holy Spirit.
If you cannot name the fruit of the Spirit as characteristics you hold, or others cannot see that fruit bearing. What in your life do you need to allow the Lord to cut off that you are allowing to steal His power from producing goodness and righteousness in your life?
“Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you” Hosea 10:12