The Pastor's Pen June 2013
How to Tell a Good Fruit Tree
Several years ago I found what I assumed to be an apple tree growing in the ditch on the church property. So my grandson, Ben and I dug it up and transplanted it to my yard at home. Finally last year it grew one single blossom, and I waited hopefully to see what kind of apples that tree was going to produce. I watched that blossom fall off and a little swelling started in the stem. Every once in a while I would go by that tree and check on that budding apple. Through the summer it grew to about an inch and a quarter in diameter and that’s all. Finally in the fall as the leaves were falling off the tree I realized that the only apples I was going to get off that tree would be crab apples.
Right now it is difficult to tell what kind of fruit there may be on the trees because all there is on them now is blossoms. Those blossoms look nice after a long, cold, grey winter, but they don’t last long. Some of the blossoms are falling off the trees already. It won’t be until the fruit fully develops that you can really tell whether it is going to be good fruit or just ornamental crabs.
So it is with many people who are sitting in churches today including many in good Bible preaching, Bible practicing churches.
They know the right words and proudly put on a “fair shew in the flesh”. This is not a new problem because Jesus Christ addressed it in His Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 7 verses 15 through 20.
”Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”
We can only bring forth good fruit by being grafted into the Root of David. Otherwise we are just useless ornamental crabs.