“You must determine if a tree is good or rotten. You can recognize good trees by their delicious fruit. But if you find rotten fruit, you can be certain that the tree is rotten. The fruit defines the tree. But you who are known as the Pharisees are rotten to the core! You’ve been poisoned by the nature of a venomous snake. How can your words be good and trustworthy if you are rotten within? For what has been stored up in your hearts will be heard in the overflow of your words!” Matthew 12:33-34 TPT
I’m so thankful that God chose to love me. I’m thankful that He put me back together again. Some of you may look and say, “He’s far from finished!” and I must agree that I’m a work in progress, but if you had known me back in the day–if you had known me when my emotions controlled me, when every wind that blew made me unstable and threatened to uproot me. You see, when you have known God and become planted in that deep unconditional love so deep that your roots are strong, than a hurricane could rip through, flood waters could come and it may strip some branches or take your leaves, but you know they’ll grow back because the roots are still deep in the ground.
What sort of fruit do you bear or does it bear at all? Does your life give out or just take from everyone and everything? Does it strip others of what they have in order to feel good or does it give to be a blessing? Every good tree sows seed to grow more trees like itself. Nothing is ever wasted.
The things you’ve been through are not meant to be wasted. They merely provide what’s needed to grow and sow into others around you. You can make a choice today to grow and share or keep it to yourself where no one benefits from it. If there are things you’ve overcome, ask God for a chance to share your victories with others so they too may be encouraged to grow.
Father, thank you for the opportunities in life I’ve had to sow into the lives of others. May I always be a sower. Those who sow plentifully, reap plentifully but those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly. Give me opportunity to share from the fruit of my tree today so that others may be nourished and grow from it as well. I live for your pleasure, great King. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Rooted in Love,