Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

Tale of the Fruit Tree

May 4

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life ..."   Proverbs 11:30


"If it lives, it bears, that is the creed of creation ..."






If it lives, it bears, that is the creed of creation; ... and thus it is so with every person whom GOD hath created, all are fruit bearing, no exceptions.  The only variable is what form the fruit takes on: "The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin."  Amidst this market of humanity, JESUS warned in strong terms regarding discernment at the fruit stand: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  Ye shall know them by their fruits ... Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit."  The moral to all of this of course, is that fruit is the by-product of the root.  In spite of this clear teaching on tree identification, multitudes have indulged the peddlers of petrified religion from Genesis, to the present.  "And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." 

What blessedness is found in well tended, fresh, and ripe fruit; "For we are unto GOD a sweet savour of CHRIST, in them that are saved," ... and conversely, how repugnant it is when left to itself.   It is axiomatic to the Christian life; that only as we abide in HIM, are we able to bear good fruit: "... for without ME ye can do nothing ... I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain:"   Many however, are the self-styled horticulturalists running amuck in the vineyard, producing the Frankenstein-ish fruit of the flesh; and seeking to wax it as that of the righteous.  "And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace."  Certainly, no greater tale of the fruit tree may be had, than that described in the New Testament.  Regarding the cross of CHRIST, (the ultimate Peace Tree) Peter states: "WHO HIS OWN SELF bare our sins in HIS OWN body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:"  In helpful analogy, JESUS taught of a requisite if the Christian is to then bear properly: "Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit."  ... assuring in another place, that if this occurs, a crop of wheat would indeed come to harvest: "And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold."  Lastly, no less than Paul the apostle ties the cross to the orchard in these words to Rome:

"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of CHRIST; that ye should be married to another, even to HIM WHO is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto GOD."

For Love of Country
Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964)
(Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in the Pacific during WWII)
"Build me a son, O LORD, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory."

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