Let’s talk about fruit. I love the fragrance when the orange tree out back pops into bloom around late February. Slowly the little green orbs grow into full-sized oranges packed with exquisite citrus juiciness and flavor by Christmas. But, they don’t do this on their own volition. A combination of weather, feeding, pruning, and TLC are necessary for healthy growth. A good orange tree can become an unsightly, disease-laden, out-of-control member of an otherwise beautiful landscape. It then loses its premier status in the yard needing to be either cut down or replenished.
Like my orange tree in the yard, I need to be replenished daily with TLC from the Master Gardener. I must go to the well and drink of the clear, fresh water every day and read the verses that supply spiritual food. Otherwise I will become unsightly, diseased and bare of fruit. My orchard becomes useless if it cannot provide spiritual food for me and comfort to those whom God has put into my life’s journey.
“I will lift mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the lord, which made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121: 1-2
Without that help I will not grow and flourish. I will wither and die unless I submit to the indwelling Spirit of God which teaches and guides. Just like the untended orange tree, my spirit’s fruit will be bitter and useless if I fail to give it some of God’s TLC regularly.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23