Wednesday, June 6, 2012

bear good fruit

Isaiah 37:31 (KJV) 31 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:

  A tree grows in three directions: downward, upward, and outward. This verse promises growth and expansion in two of three directions, both down and up at the same time. The message is that our growth as Christians is recognizable of ourselves, by the LORD's angelic host, and by others as well.
 Taking root downward is progress known only to us. The root system is below the surface and not visible to anyone. In the course of a year, there is growth, but it is undetected. You and I are not the same people we were a year ago. Perhaps, others cannot see the deepening process at work, but we know it is there. 
 Bearing fruit upward has visible results. Fruitbearing is an activity that is open and apparent to any observer. Fruit is the end result of a year's special effort. It is for all to see and enjoy. Bearing fruit is also another word for productivity. When Jesus said that we would be able to judge a tree by its fruit, He was telling us to be observant of our own lives, as well as others', because we show what we are by what we produce. 
 The ring on the inside of a tree may be miniscule and totally hidden from human view. But year in and year out, it records a message: this tree is growing and producing fruit. Visible and invisible growth is taking place.
 You and I should be encouraged! The LORD as promised us continuous and on-going growth!

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