Your Master Will be Known by Your Fruit
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and whoever looks after his master will be honored. As the water reflects the face, so the heart reflects the person. Sheol and Abaddon are never satisfied, and people’s eyes are never satisfied. Silver is [tested] in a crucible, gold in a smelter, and a man, by the praise he receives. Though you grind a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with grain, you will not separate his foolishness from him. Prov 27:18-22 (HCSB)
Each of us has been planted by God on this earth with choices to make as we grow in maturity. None of us can tend to all our own needs – we are reliant upon others for the nutrition and care necessary to see us grow into mature fruit bearing trees.
Once we leave the care of our parents, the first choice we get to make is who will we seek to continue to nurture and prune us as we fully enter into our mature fruit bearing stage of life. If we try to do it alone, we’ll find soon enough that we cannot fetch the necessary nutrition we need to be fruitful. But then the decision remains, who should we trust so that our branches will prosper and bear the fruit that marks our maturity?
That is the choice God gives to each of us! Jesus made the point about the value of the fruit marks whether the tree is good or bad, and the necessity of fruitfulness as we were created. (Luke 3:9; Matt 7:16-20; John 15, e.g.)
Have you stumbled upon sick fruit trees and noticed how their fruit is sparse, noticeably absent or simply rotten and unharvested? What about sickly trees with their scraggly branches with diseased leaves ripe only with pest and parasite infestations rather than the fruit of a healthy mature tree? Then there are the condemned trees with barren dead limbs with branches void of any leaves, much less fruit. Those trees reflect the neglect of their master and the neglect leads to death.
However, there is a master who has known you even before your parents knew you. He knew you when you were but a seed lying dormant before it was planted in prepared, fertile soil and you sprouted into life. He allowed your parents to tend to your needs for a period of time, but he never was far away. When the time came, he once again by your side and offered to nurture and care for you as he had from the very beginning. Sadly, some have said no to him because they either did not recognize him or their parents never told them about the Master, so they turned their back upon and sought their own master. Some chose to be the master of their self only to learn how impossible it is to learn when you are truly alone in this world. Others sought what or who looked like a good master but found their new master was all talk and show but far too busy to care for others. Sadly, there were some who the truly evil master who only wanted to watch the life choked out of the branches, and to see the rotten fruit and life giving leaves fall helplessly from the limbs.
Thankfully though some of those trees realized their mistake before it was too late and called to the Master and pleaded and sobbed in sorrow for the awful mistake they had made, and asked God to be their Master again. The Master smiled, nurtured, watered and when needed pruned each of them back to fruitful health again. Some of the pruning hurt but the scars served as a reminder of their poor choices but they are now prosperous and fruit-bearing trees again. These restored trees are a testament for other young saplings deciding their future fate as well.
When we are fed and watered by God’s life giving grace, God’s will, ways, and wisdom will be reflected by the fruit we bear, healthy and ripe – harvested in proper season. How’s your fruit? Who is the Master tending your tree?
When he (John the Baptist) saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to the place of his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance. And don’t presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that God is able to raise up children for Abraham from these stones! Even now the ax is ready to strike the root of the trees! Therefore every tree that doesn’t produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. Matt 3:7-10 (HCSB)