Bearing Fruit

Read Genesis 22:20 through 24:67; Matthew 7:1–20


A gnarled, old tree growing in the front yard of a house appeared worthless. The owners thought the tree was a fruitless species and planned to cut it down. Then, one spring, beautiful pink blossoms appeared on the branches of the tree. Soon it was covered in fruit—big, golden peaches. The owners now knew that the once unattractive, fruitless tree as a peach tree. It proved its worth and no longer needed to be cut down.


“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus by their fruit you will recognize them” (Matthew 7:19–20).


If Christians want the world to recognize them as Christians, they must bear fruit that speaks of Christ and His love. Bearing any other kind of fruit, or none at all, will result in the loss of one’s testimony. Until people see fruit, they won’t know what kind of “tree” a person is.


As you live each day cultivate fruit that will point people to Christ.


Prayer Suggestion:

Lord, help me to be a fruit-bearing Christian for You.

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