The Relationship Between Roots and Fruit

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ROOTS AND FRUIT
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

1) INTRODUCTION – MANY SERMONS AND MUCH TEACHING EMPHASIZING THE FRUIT OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE THAT WE LOOK FOR IN THE LIFE OF A MATURE CHRISTIAN. GALATIONS 5:22-23 PROVIDES AT LEAST A PARTIAL LISTING: “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” NIV

2) JESUS CURSED THE FIG TREE BECAUSE IT BORE NO FRUIT: Mar 11:12- 14 (NIV) The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.

3) I BELIEVE THAT JESUS DID THIS AS AN ILLUSTRATION TO US. IT STRESSES THE IMPORTANCE THAT HE PLACES UPON FRUIT. IF JESUS THINKS THAT FRUIT IS IMPORTANT THEN WE SHOULD KNOW THAT FRUIT IS IMPORTANT.

4) IF YOU HAVE EVER GROWN FRUIT TREES YOU KNOW THAT WHEN YOU PUT THE TENDER PLANT INTO THE GROUND YOU DON’T IMMEDIATELY BEGIN LOOKING FOR FRUIT BUT YOU ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE WELL BEING OF THE ROOT SYSTEM OF THE PLANT. YOU KNOW THAT IF THE ROOTS ARE DOING WELL AND THRIVING THAT YOU WILL EVENTUALLY HAVE GOOD FRUIT, ASSUMING THAT YOU PROTECT THE PLANT FROM DISEASES AND INSECTS, ETC. TEXT: PSALM 1

5) PSALM SAYS BLESSED / FRUITFUL IS THE MAN WHO:
A) DOES NOT LISTEN / WALK IN THE COUNSEL OF THE WICKED
B) OR STAND IN THE WAY HANG AROUND OF SINNERS
C) OR SIT IN THE SEAT STAND IN AGREEMENT WITH MOCKERS
D) BUT STUDIES / MEDITATES & DELIGHTS IN GOD’S WORD DAY AND NIGHT

6) HE IS LIKE A TREE PLANTED ALONG THE BANKS OF A RIVER: SUCH A TREE THRIVES BECAUSE:
A) IT’S ROOTS ARE ABLE TO GET ALL THE WATER AND NUTRIENTS THEY NEED
B) THIS TREE WILL BRING FORTH ITS FRUIT IN IT’S SEASON,
C) IT’S LEAVES WILL NOT WITHER FROM DROUGHT
D) IN SHORT, THE TREE WILL PROSPER.
E) THE MAN WHO IS LIKE THE TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVER WILL SIMILARLY PROSPER IN WHATEVER HE DOES.
F) THE RIVER IN THIS CASE, I BELIEVE IS A TYPE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT, WHO INFILLS US AND EMPOWERS US IN OUR WALK WITH JESUS CHRIST BRINGING US TO FRUITFULNESS.
7) I USED TO THINK THAT WHEN THE BIBLE TALKS ABOUT FRUIT, AS IN JOHN 15 WHERE JESUS TAUGHT ABOUT ABIDING IN THE VINE, IT WAS TALKING ABOUT THOSE THAT WE ASSIST IN ACCEPTING JESUS CHRIST AS LORD AND SAVIOR. I HAVE SINCE COME TO REALIZE THAT THE FRUIT IS NOT THOSE WE BRING TO JESUS CHRIST BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT THAT IS EVIDENT IN OUR LIFE THAT ATTRACTS THOSE PEOPLE TO JESUS CHRIST AND MAKES THE GOSPEL REAL AND CREDIBLE FOR THEM BECAUSE THEY CAN SEE IT WORKING IN US! WE LIVE IN AN AGE WHERE PEOPLE ARE NOT INTERESTED IN RELIGIOUS THEORY; THEY WANT TO KNOW THAT IT WORKS IN OUR DAY-TO-DAY LIVING BECAUSE THEIR LIVES ARE NOT WORKING. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT DOES WORK.

8) THERE IS A STRONG CORRELATION BETWEEN OUR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE TO ACCEPT CHRIST AND THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT BEING EVIDENT IN OUR LIVES. THERE IS ALSO A STRONG CORRELATION BETWEEN THE QUALITY AND MATURITY OF OUR FRUIT AND HEALTH OF OUR ROOTS – THE QUALITY OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.
A) FRUIT IS SEEN AND CAN BE INSPECTED BY OTHERS.
B) ROOTS ARE UNSEEN ARE OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE
C) WE WILL NOT BE FRUITFUL CHRISTIANS UNLESS WE ARE “ROOTED” CHRISTIANS.
D) OUR ROOTS ARE NURTURED AND CARED FOR AS WE SPEND TIME STUDYING AND MEDIATATING UPON GOD’S WORD, AND TIME IN PRAYER. PRAYING WITH OUR MIND AND PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT, FOCUSING NOT UPON THE OUR OWN NEEDS OR EVEN THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.
E) OUR EARLY MORNING PRAYER FOCUS SHOULD BE FIRST UPON OUR HEAVENLY FATHER. WE SHOULD LAVISH HIM WITH WORSHIP, PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. AS WE DO THIS IT BUILDS OUR FAITH AND INCREASE OUR TRUST IN HIM SO THAT WE CAN AS A SECONDARY PRIORITY PRAY FOR OUR NEEDS AND THE NEEDS OF OTHERS.

9) THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH THRIVED NOT BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF ACTIVITY IN THE CHURCH BUT BECAUSE OF THE PRESENCE AND POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. IT BEGAN WITH THE DAY OF PENTECOST AND THE RIVER OF GOD THAT BEGAN TO FLOW IN THE CHURCH AND IN THE LIVES OF BELIEVERS. IF YOU ARE HAVING DIFFICULTIES WITNESSING AND REACHING YOUR NEIGHBORS AND LOVED ONES FOR JESUS…CONSIDER YOUR FRUIT. IF YOU LACK THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT…CONSIDER YOUR ROOTS. RENEW YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST…GET YOUR ROOTS INTO THE RIVER…AS GOES YOUR ROOTS SO YOUR FRUITFULNESS AND YOUR ABILITY TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE FOR JESUS CHRIST.

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