Words from the Heart for Sunday December 18th, 2016
The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
Luke 3:9 (NIV)
The Importance of Producing Fruit
God will judge the living and the dead. But the good news is that the opportunity to turn to God for mercy is available. Have you trusted in Him? Does your life bear fruit that is consistent with repentance? Ask Him to work in your heart to produce a fruitful life of faith.
Only Ontario and British Columbia are capable of large-scale commercial production of tender fruit and wine grapes. Tender fruit production includes peaches and nectarines, pears, sweet and sour cherries, plums, grapes and apricots. There are two major tender fruit and grape areas in Ontario. The Niagara Peninsula below the Niagara Escarpment is Ontario’s largest and most important fruit-growing area. The main production area extends approximately 45 km east to west along a narrow strip on the south shore of Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake. A small area in Pelham, located in the middle of the peninsula, is also suited for growing tender fruit such as peaches, cherries, pears and plums. The second area is Essex County and Chatham-Kent, located in the southern-most part of the province which has the longest growing season in Ontario.
A theologian once said that while we are not to judge others, we are called to be fruit inspectors. The Bible tells us, in speaking about false prophets, that we will recognize them by their fruits. It is the fruit of our lives that helps us and others recognize who we belong to and what the foundation is for our lives. Producing the fruit of the Spirit is as natural as breathing for the follower of Christ. The work of producing the fruit is the work of God in us. We simply provide the soil in which God plants all that is necessary for the fruit to flourish. The mark of a person who is truly born again is that the fruit of the Spirit is evident. There is coming a day when all who don’t produce fruit will be cut off. John the Baptist spoke about this in Luke 3:9 when he said “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” A couple of years ago an entire orchard of cherry trees was cut down and burned. I asked the owner if he was going out of business. He told me that he was going to replant – the old trees were not producing. I never want to be like these old trees. My prayer for you is that your life will always produce an abundant crop of the fruit of the Spirit.
These have been words from the heart.