What Kind of Tree Are You? (Matthew 12:1-21; Mark 3; Luke 6)

Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. (Luke 6:44)

Trees are very predictable.  If you plant an orange tree, then you can expect juicy oranges to eventually grow from it.  If you plant an apple tree, you can expect apples.  Peach trees grow peaches.  My guess is that you get the idea.  What’s really cool, though, is that you can identify trees based on the fruit that they bring forth.  An unknown tree that produces cherries is, undoubtedly, a cherry tree.

People are kind of like trees – their fruit says a lot about them.  Our lives bear fruit, and people can see what kind of person we are based on the fruit that grows.  Paul would later talk about the Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 6 – or those things that come from a life wherein the Spirit of God is planted.  Love, joy, peace patience, and many others are the “fruits” of a life indwelt by God.

The fact is, your life will bear fruit that is consistent with your commitment to God.  A person who is fully surrendered to Him will bear all kinds of fruit of the Spirit.  A life that isn’t submitted, however, will not.  What kind of fruit are you bearing?  What does it reveal about what’s going on inside?  What kind of tree are you?

Father, I pray that my life would bear fruit that comes from a life fully surrendered to You.  Allow Your Spirit to work in me and to produce fruit that is consistent with a deep commitment to You. 

About Seth

Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.

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