Reading for Today: Matthew 12:33-37
Verses for Reflection: Matthew 12:33 (NRSV)
“Either make the tree good, and its fruit good; or make the tree bad, and its fruit bad; for the tree is known by its fruit.”
“For the tree is known by its fruit.” Wow! You probably don’t need me saying much after reading that.
I sit here asking myself, “what do my fruit say about me?”
When I get upset with people and act out of that upsetedness, what does the fruit of my anger suggest? When I spend a day focusing on stuff for me, what does the fruit of selfishness suggest?
Alternatively, when I spend a Thursday evening feeding people, or I write a check to Week of Compassion, or I go on a mission trip, what doe these fruit say about the tree that is me and my life?
My friends, Jesus’ tree/fruit analogy is an amazing measuring stick by which to examine ourselves each and every day.
Reflection task for the day: Take some time today to examine the fruit of your life. Consider how much time you spend for yourself versus how much time you spend for others. Examine the motivations by which you act and live. Examine the words you say. Ask God to help you evaluate your fruit and to suggest ways you might produce better fruit.
Have a blessed day,