“In this is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8 KJV
Stark grey branches of the pecan tree stand out against the winter sky giving no hint of its species. Unless you are familiar with the genus of trees, you wouldn’t know that it was supposed to bear delicious pecan nuts.
In the spring, the pecan tree will once again send out leaves and flower buds which will begin a new the process of bearing its fruit (or nuts in this case).
The tree reminds me of my Christian life—barren at times. Could anyone tell that Christ lives in my heart? Do I bear any of the fruits of His Spirit such as love, joy, peace, long-suffering, or generosity? We have opportunity to manifest our faith in action as we minister to those around us.
Perhaps, like the barren tree, we too can come out of the winter of our lives with the help of God’s Spirit and grow the fruit of his love.
Prayer: Father, help me to allow you to work in my life that I may bring forth fruit fit for your kingdom. Amen