Weekly Winter Word 14

Jan 31, 2013

Fruit from MeTree or HeTree?

Highlighted SFC Value:  B.R.I.D.G.E.

“Believing” – Our faith is grounded in biblical truth. We, as the body of Christ, pursue a lifestyle of prayer and worship. Psalm 119:105

Applicable SFC Brah-verb:   Brahverb #14

No-Shotgun-Lifestyle. “Shotgun!” “Hey, Jonny, the first shall be last, bro; the first shall be last.” Live selflessly. Put others before yourself. Live the example. People will notice and ask why.

STORY:

When I go back to visit my family, we spend a lot of time hanging out in the yard, which just seems to make sense, as we were one of those families that didn’t have a lot growing up. Our favorite thing we had to play with growing up was “the outside” so we grew up in the rocks and dirt of our family’s 7-generations-old farmland.

My grandfather had his Masters in “gardening” and lived on the same plot of land with us, so we spent countless years of our lives picking beans and shucking corn and trimming the apple trees and grape arbors. Tomatoes, pumpkins, squash…his gardens provided us plenty of chores.

Often, we had no idea what the rows of plants in his gardens were, I mean they all look exactly the same until they begin producing little veggies or fruits. I remember pulling all of the “weeds” in an entire garden one day only later to learn that they were actually premature, fruit-bearing plants. We got in so much trouble, and certainly never saw the 2 bucks that we were supposed to be paid for the job. Haha.

Jesus loved to speak in parables using examples that the people around him (farmers and shepherds) could relate with. In the parable of the sower, He spoke of His followers as ones who received His words and produced fruit.

As the spiritual beings that we are, our lives produce “fruit.” Our sinful nature, when obeyed, will produce bad fruit; sin and destruction and all kinds of sadness and shallowness and hurt, but as followers of Christ, we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us. A life lived by the Spirit of God produces GOOD fruit. Have you ever had an amazing piece of fruit? One where it’s just perfectly sweet and juicy and just the right texture and its so good you almost can’t savor it enough? Have you ever looked at a piece of fruit and thought, “that looks amazing!” and then first bite it’s all soft or rotten or wormy? Nasty. Or come home after vacation and your house just smells of old rotten fruit? Bummer.

Our lives are either producing sweet, delicious fruit that everyone wants to join in (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control) or they are producing gross rotten fruit that no one wants to be around or taste or smell (fighting, selfishness, conceit, envy, gossip, drunkenness, depression, hate).

 Application for SHRED LIFE:

Fill your life with the Spirit of God and allow His words to till the soil of your heart. Follow His leading and guiding, tending your faith as it grows in Him, and then allow Him and the shredders all around you to enjoy the fruit of your life.

Look up these scriptures:Galatians 5:16-26

ASK: Does the fruit of your life reveal you to be a rotten old MeTree when you’re on the hill or a delicious fruit-bearing HeTree? How can we be sure we are encouraging each other in bearing GOOD fruit?

SFC USA