The Fruit of My Heart

Apple trees orchardI am not an expert on fruit trees. When I was a kid, we had an apple orchard. There are tasks to do to fruit trees to help them produce healthy fruit and become a healthy tree. For example, fruit trees need to fertilized and watered. Fruit trees also need to be pruned and treated for disease and insect infestation.  When cared for properly, fruit trees will bear beautiful fruit. Jesus compared our heart to a fruit tree in speaking to the Pharisees and religious leaders. Check this out….

33 “A tree is identified by its fruit. If a tree is good, its fruit will be good. If a tree is bad, its fruit will be bad. 34 You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. 35 A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. 36 And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. 37 The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Matthew 12:33-37 NLT)

I believe that my heart is the gateway to my soul. My heart is not necessarily the pump inside my chest. My heart is the emotional epicenter of me as a person. I believe that my heart needs to be involved in decision making because love comes from my heart more than my head. I think Jesus is teaching that behavior flows from the heart. I believe it’s super important to take care of my heart. My heart needs to be watered and fertilized with the Word of God. The very Spirit of God prunes my heart and treats for disease that can destroy my heart. I also realize that the Lord is the ONLY ONE Who truly knows everything about my heart and everything inside my heart. He’s also the ONLY ONE Who can heal my heart when it’s diseased, broken, or deeply damaged.  He created my physical heart and He created my spiritual heart. The fruit of my life reveals the condition & the depth of my heart. He has filled my heart with love, compassion, mercy & grace. It should overflow into every relationship I have on this planet.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Produce

Bag full of healthy fruits and vegetablesThis is one of those words in the English language that has double meaning but is similar. When I hear the word produce in certain situations, I think of lettuce, peppers, beans, squash…. fresh fruits and vegetables sold at the local market or grocery store.  I believe that this might be a “southern thang/slang”. I also hear the word produce and it means activity to create desirable results. When I hear the words produce or productivity as a REALTOR, I know that it means to sell homes or help buyers buy homes.  If I am going to make a living at it, I must produce results pretty often.

As a follower of Jesus, my life is supposed to produce service to the King of Kings. John the Baptist called everyone out on simply wearing a name that says you follow God. He makes it clear that your life should produce fruit that comes from repentance. Check this out….

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 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 3:8-9 NIV)

 I’m not necessarily trying to simple check off a “punch list” of good deeds, but I’m really to live a life of service to God by serving others.  If I’m to be productive in God’s world, it’s not as much about “doing” as it is about “being”.  My good deeds come out of my walk with the Lord. I’m not doing good because I wear His name. I want to do God because He’s changed my heart and my perspective on life.  I want my life to produce fruit that shows the Spirit of God inside of me. I want to be a tree that produces fruit for the Kingdom of God!

Pressing On!
Dwayne