“Seeing the fig tree by the road, He went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves.” Matthew 21:19a
3 days into Holy Week has me examining my life like an Orchardist taking inventory of his trees. Carefully searching down one row then another, weeding, pruning, feeding, nurturing.
I’m asking myself this Tuesday before Resurrection, “What kind of fruit am I bearing?”…
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5: 22-25
It’s tempting to want our outward appearances to look healthy, vibrant, green… like a beautiful orchard just before harvest. But if there’s no fruit, there’s no harvest… and if there’s no harvest then the beauty is wasted.
Oh that we would desire to bear Abundant Fruit in this season of isolation and sacrifice. That we would be diligent to tend to our lives prayerfully and with great care. I pray that Christ would be found in your orchard. That you would bear the most Abundant Fruit…
“They would be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:8 -Carly