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The Unproductive Peach Tree

Matthew 13:23

"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.”

"C Street" is where the Shaw family resided for many years. In fact, my dad lived on that street most of his life and moved three times. In our back yard we had a peach tree. I know it was a peach tree because mama told me, not that I ever saw any proof of peaches.

Biblically, fruit refers to the character of Jesus and the good works that God desires for the believer to produce "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith" (Gal 5:22).

So, how is spiritual fruit produced? The Christian, I should say, disciple, is to produce fruit in their walk with the Lord through obedience. One of the earmarks of a true disciple is fruit production in Jesus' name.

What is the harvest process of fruit production?

1. The Word of God is received by faith into the Christian

life (begins at conversion).

2. The seed is planted in good soil (the saved heart).

3. The soil is tilled by the Holy Spirit to plant the Word.

So, the process is: hearing, understanding, bearing fruit, and a production of 100, 60, and 30. There is a difference in the amount of harvest, but there is a guarantee of a harvest through obedience.

What is the purpose of living the Christian life? Why doesn't God just save us and take us immediately to heaven? Well, here's two reasons:

1. The world would not see Jesus in the believer.

2. The world would never be impacted by the good works of the

believer.

Jesus said, "So you'll recognized them by their fruit." In other words, people will see our relationship to God by the fruit we produce in Jesus' name. Don't let your Christian life be like that old peach tree in the back yard on "C Street." Let your peaches be seen by all through an obedient discipled life.

Just Sayin' by Dr. Jim Shaw