Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.
This scripture leaped off the pages of my bible in my daily reading and I felt the Holy Spirit say to me, “Glen, you need to focus more on the tree and less on the fruit. ”
- The fruit- the recognition of the effectiveness of the tree. (ministry)
- The tree- the life source to the fruit. (Jesus)
- The branch- people of God
There is a big difference between the tree and the fruit. A great fruit is the byproduct of a great tree. A great tree is never the byproduct of a good fruit. We definitely need to look at our ministries, strategies, and opportunities. We need to know our people (branches) and Shepard them, But they should never come first before Jesus and what He thinks and says about the matter….. NEVER. If we don’t watch it, our thought and prayer pattern is: Ministry- People – Jesus. Instead it should be: Jesus- People- Ministry.
Our vision, burden, and strategy must not be found in the latest “ministry” fad that someone else is doing, it must be found in the quiet time that you and I spend with God and then can be turned into ministry to others. Lets go to conferences. Lets learn from each other, but never let someone’s fruit stop you from making sure that you have a healthy tree. And never let one branch ruin the health of the tree. If you always focus on the fruit and/or a branch, then your tree will grow sideways and you will be frustrated. A sideways ministry is never a healthy ministry. The only way a ministry becomes sideways is when leadership stops focusing on the tree. It is our job to bring correction (pruning) , balance, and vision(2 Timothy 4:2) so that your ministry can grow properly. Lets grow healthy trees that have thousands of branches all connected to the source which in turn produce a lot of fruit! This Psalm is my prayer for you and I…
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.