Jesus was not teaching a botany class when He spoke these words; He was talking about humans and their actions. His point was this; people will know and judge us by our actions, not our words or our intentions. We were created and put on Earth to produce good fruit. To fulfill that purpose our actions must speak for themselves. We can tell everyone how holy or spiritual we are, but the only way to prove it is to live it. Remember the old saying, "The proof is in the pudding." So, what does good fruit look like? "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:22, 23. These attributes, or fruits, should always be present in a "good tree." Just as we need to be careful not to judge others without first looking at their fruit, we must examine ourselves regularly to see what kind of fruit we are producing. We must ask ourselves these questions: Am I producing good fruit? What does my fruit look and taste like? Is my fruit life giving? Is my fruit consistent in season and out? Answering these questions honestly can be very sobering.
Pastor Frank Dodson