Psa 1:3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.
As we begin to bear flowers we start to see some color in our christianity. Flowers are mainly there to attract animals. Humans count as animals also. When we bear our flowers we attract animals who come for nectar, but we also give an indication to the forest that fruit is comming soon. When an animal knows this they prepare to eat.
This is the same way our ministries are; we are to work at our ministries or giftings so that they become appealing to choice animals, meaning the ones we have to impact. Our section of the vineard as it were. When it becomes appealing those that are attracted to it genuinely would be glad to see the fruit and eat it.
Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Mat 4:24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
Mat 4:25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.
Here we see Jesus going about ministering to people and because of this they followed him. His ministry was such that peoeple were so impacted that they wanted to be around him more and more.
What was Jesus’ response to his following……
Matthew 5 & 6 & 7…….. The great sermon on the mount.
Here Jesus started to bear edible fruit for the people to eat and digest. He was healing and performing maricles before … but this was hardcore teaching and impartation. The people were eating from his tree… digesting and seeds were germinating….
Some of the things he was saying were:
Mat 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Mat 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Coming down to the end of the sermon this is what he said.
Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
He ensured that what he was doing had the message of salvation in it.
Mat 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Mat 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Mat 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Mat 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Mat 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Mat 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Mat 7:28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
Mat 7:29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
The people were astonished, amazed, and interested.
THEY FOLLOWED HIM.
Mat 8:1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
They marveled at his flowers and they were ready to eat his fruit.
When the fruit begins to bear those that were watching the flowers now get a chance to eat.
If we study fruits a little more we can see that certiain fruits carry different weightings of minerals. What this means is that your fruit may have greater emphasis on love, because those that need to hear of love would come and eat yours. Some may have high amounts of peace, some loaded with longsuffering.
Jesus was the most complete example of fruit in the bible and that is what we have to strive to become. When we examine the fruit of the Spirit, we can see all of them, not just in Jesus’ teachings but in his actions also.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
LOVE – the brotherly love expressed that does not think wrong of people.
From G25; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast: – (feast of) charity ([-ably]), dear, love.
JOY – The calm delight that is expressed by our daily lives.
From G5463; cheerfulness, that is, calm delight: – gladness, X greatly, (X be exceeding) joy (-ful, -fully, -fulness, -ous).
PEACE – oneness, quetness…. rest…… contentment.
Probably from a primary verb εἴρω eirō (to join); peace (literally or figuratively); by implication prosperity: – one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.
LONGSUFFERING – patience, not ill tempered, enduring.
From the same as G3116; longanimity, that is, (objectively) forbearance or (subjectively) fortitude: – longsuffering, patience.
GENTLENESS – kindness and graciousness. Not a gentle touch but it really means kindness to other people, extension of grace to others. Good deeds.
From G5543; usefulness, that is, moral excellence (in character or demeanor): – gentleness, good (-ness), kindness.
GOODNESS – The practice of doing good; active goodness, kindness, or charity.
From G18; goodness, that is, virtue or beneficence: – goodness.
FAITH – reliance upon Christ. He was always speaking in the context of Christ. This must be evident that you depend on Christ for all things.
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
MEEKNESS – humility not pride.
From G4235; gentleness; by implication humility: – meekness.
TEMPERANCE – self control. But not just self control in anger! Self crontrol in all things eg. eating, joking, playing etc. This is always confused for angry people, but it is self control in all things that you do.
From G1468; self control (especially continence): – temperance.
There is a reason that Paul said against such there is no law. Galatia was one of the first places to be Christianized and they had a controversy of wether they had to be circumcized or not to be considered Christians.
Paul was a major proponent of the arguement that there needed to be no outward works or requirements to be saved. so he in his letter laid out what one should look for instead of circumcision… look for fruit in the person’s life.
So we can’t look for people who go to Church, or who wear certain types of garments or practice certain rituals…. We have to look for fruit from a person’s life.
The fruit in your life is the goal of your Christianity… nothing less!