1 Corinthians 14
July 24, 2014
1 Corinthians 15
July 25, 2014
1 Corinthians 14
July 24, 2014
1 Corinthians 15
July 25, 2014

Roots and Fruit

rooted fruit tree pic

Isaiah 37:31
31 And the remnant that has survived of the house of Judah shall again take
root downward and bear fruit upward.
(Amplified)

Have you ever planted a tree? Years ago in the front yard of my parent’s house, our son helped his Grandpa plant a young seedling pine tree that grew for many years until it became necessary for us to cut it down along with some other larger trees that were too close to the house.

There are two important aspects to keep in mind when planting trees that work both in the natural world as well as in our spiritual lives. Let’s understand the natural progression first because it will translate into the spiritual. First, in order for trees to grow well wherever they are planted, their roots must go deep into the soil. It is from the soil in which they’re planted that they receive the necessary life-giving nourishment; and without a strong or deep root system, they’ll be subject to destruction. To have a strong spiritual life, you’ll need to keep your spiritual roots centered in Jesus, His Word, and what He accomplished for you on the Cross. Without that base, you won’t have the necessary life-giving nourishment you need to survive and thrive.

Second, trees don’t have to work hard to produce fruit. It’s part of their natural process. You don’t see them straining and groaning to have fruit pop out on their branches, do you? Fruit comes as a result of the tree doing what a tree does—have deep roots, receive nourishment, and flourish. What does that mean for you and me in our spiritual lives?

Sometimes in our Christian walk the emphasis is too heavy on the bearing fruit aspect which can easily put you into the process of trying to do it in your own strength. Coming from this basis will only lead you to frustration and eventually burnout because it’s based on what you’re doing, not on what the Holy Spirit is producing in you. Fruit will be produced when your life is healthy; it will be evident as you continue to be planted deeply in God’s Word, His love and grace. The fruit of His Holy Spirit in you will automatically be the by-product and easily ready for others to receive.