In several different ways, scripture points to fruit as the mark of a disciple’s life. For example, Jesus said:
“You will know them by their fruits.” – Matthew 7:15a NKJV
Sometimes fruit can be clearly seen (like walking through an orchard). Other times, it can be confusing, like a commonly planted ornamental tree with “pear” in its name that yields no fruit. The difference is the genetics of the tree. The decorative one will never produce fruit for human consumption, because its purpose isn’t fruit, it’s for aesthetic value. Even worse, the particular species of tree mentioned is easily destroyed by wind and is often cut down and replaced.
On the other hand, real fruit trees aren’t as attractive or symmetrical in shape, but they produce fruit. Year after year, through pruning, fertilization, and hands-on care, their valuable fruit satisfies and nourishes. Even their blossoms are desirable (which is why beekeepers place hives nearby for the bees to gather nectar). What does the fruit of your life look like? Perhaps you occasionally compare yourself to the “decorative” trees and feel oddly shaped. If so, be encouraged today. The Lord’s orchard it’s not about the look, it’s about the fruit.