Fruit

25 October 2013 |

FRUIT

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE REFERENCE: Luke 6:43-49

Luke 6

New Living Translation (NLT)

The Tree and Its Fruit

43 “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t
produce good fruit. 44 A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are
never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from
bramble bushes. 45 A good person produces good things from the
treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from
the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your
heart.

*Building on a Solid Foundation*

46 “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t
do what I say? 47 I will show you what it’s like when someone comes
to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. 48 It is like a
person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid
rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it
stands firm because it is well built. 49 But anyone who hears and
doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a
foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will
collapse into a heap of ruins.”

What fruit does your relationship with God produce? That is really
what this passage is about. For example, your relationship with
certain individuals may result in you using a lot of bad language;
your relationship with your spouse may produce the fruit of grace;
your relationship with another friend may produce frustration. So,
again, what does your relationship with Jesus produce.

If your relationship with Him is based on the solid foundation of His
Word, if you have applied His principles of life (the word
‘Torah’, often translated ‘law’, actually means ‘teachings
for the best way of life’) as a starting point for all your
decisions and if you live life with a biblical worldview, looking at
every situation through the ‘sunglasses’ of God’s principles,
you will have build the rest of your life upon a foundation that
allows your ‘tree’ to grow and bear good fruit.

A CALL TO ACTION

The starting point to bearing good fruit, then, is a good foundation.
If you do not know what God expects of you, you will never meet those
expectations. The only way to know them for yourself is to get stuck
into finding out what God’s desires are for you by reading His Word,
and engaging in discussion about His instructions and making them part
of who you are – in other words, having them in your heart. Then, from
the overflow of your heart (which will be filled with God’s truth)
you will speak and act. Good fruit will follow!

A PRAYER TO PRAY

Thank you Lord that your ways are the best ways. Please help me to
apply the foundations of your truth into my life, to fill my heart
with them, so that I can bear good fruit that pleases you.Amen.

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