A healthy tree bearing good, sweet, ripe fruit is a joy to behold. However, happiness comes from picking and eating the fruit to one’s delight. The tree offers it’s fruit for the benefit of anyone who wants to partake. By giving away what it produces, it imparts life.
This experience serves as an analogy for the spiritual life. When we allow the Spirit to lead us in our daily lives, we will bear fruit (Mt. 7:15-20). But the fruit we bear not only indicates our growth, it also serves to ‘feed’ and inspire others to do the same.
Come Holy Spirit and fill us with Your power. As we remain steadfastly rooted in You, may the fruit we bear give You glory and bring refreshment, peace and joy to all. Amen.