Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.” -Matthew 7:20
I love the examples the bible gives of comparing us to nature and to trees of all things. We all know that trees can only grow strong and mighty and produce good fruit when they’re well taken care, right?
Their roots must be strong and buried deep in the soil, they must receive plenty of water and light, and they must be pushed and pulled and stretched beyond their limits in order to get stronger.
Don’t you agree that we humans are just like that?
In order for us to produce good fruit, we must take care ourselves; I’m not referring to eating right and exercising (although that’s important too) but what I’m referring to is taking care ourselves from the inside — from our roots.
Going Back to Our Roots
As Christian women (and men) we must give ourselves plenty of water and light; Jesus distinctly said that if we drink of His water we will never thirst again (John 4:14), how refreshing is that? He also told us that He is the light of the world (John 8:12).
So are you drinking of His water and basking in His light?
Also, in order to grow strong roots you must be willing to face adversity because God certainly knows, that’s where true character comes from and that’s the only time when your roots can truly grow.
Studies have shown that some of the strongest trees with the deepest roots are those that have faced the strongest winds and the toughest storms. They are beaten down by the rain, pushed and pulled by the wind and yet, beneath the ground their roots grow deep.
Are you letting the storms of life shape and strengthen you?
Best Fruits or Bitter Fruits
If the answer is yes to these questions, then you can guarantee that your roots are strong and the fruit you produce is good.
You’re most likely a leader and a lover of God’s word; people most likely look to you for wisdom, guidance and comfort; you’re able to share the fruit you produce with others and it feeds their soul.
On the outside you may appear to be a delicate tree but beneath the soil your roots are strong and mighty.
So I ask, what kind of fruit are you producing?
Is it the best kind or the bitter kind? Or maybe none at all?
Are your roots strong beneath the soil? Or will you be swept away in a storm?
It’s easy to tell by taking inventory of your life and by how much time you spend with God.
The bible says that the fruit of the spirit is love, peace, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Therefore, thirst for His water and soak up His sunlight daily; allow your roots to grow deep within Him and He promises you will be a mighty tree producing the most beautiful of fruits.