Maintaining The Jungle

We really have no plant knowledge at all

Luke 6:43-45

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

Explore: My husband and I are trying to get our garden under control. There are some areas that are like a jungle.

We have cut trees back, taken some shrubs out and transplanted bushes to other areas. While this all sounds ordered and technical, it’s all a bit hit and miss. We really have no plant knowledge at all.

My judgement as to whether a plant stays or goes is if it grows colourful flowers and if it is unique. There is a lot of analysing leaves and admiring buds, even if there isn’t any scientific justification behind our decisions.

Application: While the world often judges us on our outward appearance, an important aspect of who we are to God is the fruit we produce. Do we contribute to the world in a fulfilling, healthy way? Or do we breed rotting, destructive behaviour?

The fruit we produce in our lives speaks volumes. Jesus explained in Luke 6 that our fruit illustrates what is in our hearts.

We cannot hide our hearts from God. He gives us every chance to bear good fruit but the choice is ultimately ours.

Prayer: Lord, may I be aware of the fruit I am producing. Help me to not stagnate in growth but to continue flourishing for You. Amen.

What fruit are you growing?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.