Gardening is a lot of fun. Great joy fills the hearts of gardeners as they watch their plantings grow from seedlings to mature plants or trees. Vegetable gardeners get a second joy from their gardens. The joy of eating the fruit of their labors. Think how scrumptious, is the taste of a home-grown tomato! There is nothing better tasting than a fresh picked apple. It really is a fulfilling journey to watch a garden bear fruit in its season. Much labor is required by the gardener to reap in due season. They must cultivate, fight weeds, insects, agricultural diseases, the weather and animals, coming to take the plantings for themselves. Growing a garden is a daily endeavor of exertion in order to reap the fruit of labor. Many people do not garden. However, the labor of those who farm, provides benefits to those who do not. The gardener-farmer gives the fruit of life to the non-farming community by providing food to them.
This earthly lesson is a spiritual lesson as well. Psalm One, teaches, a person who accepts Christ and wants to be His disciple, is like a tree God planted by the rivers of water. The Lord is expecting these planted trees of His, to mature and bear fruit. God has labored to save us and given us His word to feed us. A garden plant must feed on the food from the soil. If it does not it will die. We also, must feed on God’s Word to live. Jesus spoke a parable about this very important aspect of a growing, maturing tree or person.
“A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, ‘Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?’ But he answered and said to him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.’” Luke 13:6-9 NKJV
The master gardener, Jesus Christ, is always working to fertilize His people. The Lord wants His plants to mature and bear fruit. He is ever patient in His gardening. Nevertheless, there is an end to His patience! He promised to prune His garden to get rid of the dead wood.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:5-6 NKJV
Perhaps, some of us should be afraid of this very fearsome statement. To be thrown in the fire is not a good thing!
“Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Revelation 20:14-15 NKJV
A non-maturing scripture refusing “Christian” is in danger of rejection.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” Matthew 7:21-23 NKJV
These church goers have decided to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. They have made their stand with the sinner. Furthermore, they make their seat with the scornful, despising all that is true, righteous and holy. They do not delight in God’s Word. Their meditation is a television screen not the Scriptures! With amazement, I say what my eyes have seen, and my ears have heard. The deadness of Christians is due to their lack of delight in the inspired Word of God. On many Bibles, there is enough dust, on the cover, to plant a small garden. These people are not like trees planted by the rivers of water. However, Paul puts it bluntly. They are people,
“Having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” 2 Timothy 3:5 -NKJV
Many of the scoffing pew sitters have openly denied the saving sacrifice of Christ. Not realizing,
“If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” 2 Timothy 2:12 NKJV
Much can be said about this problem of being a Christian who does not bear fruit in their lives. The cure is to get hungry for God and to stop walking in the ways of the sinner, stop standing in the way of the ungodly and stop sitting with the scornful antichrist people. Start abiding and meditating on the Word of God! Jesus said,
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” John 15:7-8 NKJV
Friends start walking in your Bible! It is available to most of the world’s population. Brothers and sisters in Christ, begin to make your stand on the promises of God. You will become like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Christians, take your seat at the feet of Christ and be still and know He is God. Therefore, you shall be like a tree that brings forth fruit in its season. May God bless all who do and have mercy on those who don’t! Take your faith seriously! Let us be like the Apostle Paul.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” Romans 1:16-17 NKJV
May God make you a great tree bearing mega fruit!
Guy Calandra Author of The Inside Word
NKJV = New King James Version: Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.