A tree that is panted in good fertile soil near water will bear more fruit than a tree planted in dry and hard soil. How ever, the tree which doesn’t get good nutrients will produce fruit, but it wouldn’t be good fruit. The tree which gets all the nutrients it needs will produce good fruits.
Take for example: a particular tree produces a 100 fruits in one season. If each fruit carries 10 seeds in it; and those seeds fall on good fertile ground, then that tree has produced a 1’000 trees in one season. Now, when we look at faith, Jesus said that with faith the size of a mustard seed, we will be able to do mighty things. A mustard seed is the smallest seed, yet it grows into the biggest tree. One mustard tree can produce hundreds of thousands seeds in one season. However, like the mustard seed farmer, we tend to only keep a few seedlings to plant and produce new trees; the rest gets grinned up, turned into a product and consumed for our pleasure.
ENSURING A HEALTHY ROOT SYSTEM:
The root of a tree is very important. Without a good and healthy root system, the tree will not grow strong, neither will it produce healthy fruit. The root system of a tree is in seed. For those who plant trees with great care, and perhaps for show or competition; the ground preparation is vital.
Working the soil to become loose and airy with adding just the right quantity of compost will play a big role in how the seedling shoots its first root and also for the rest of the root system to develop freely and easily. This will cause the tree to be well rooted and to grow into a strong fruit baring tree.
While the tree is maturing, the farmer will continuously work the soils around the base of the tree with compost and feeding it with regular water – even staking the tree for support against weather. God places us in a church where we can undergo foundation classes or foundation school and also bible studies, which will get us rooted in the Word. Just as the tree, God will place us and surround us with people which can be our stakes. In many cases, these people have the gift of counseling and we can be well discipled under their guidance. With a fresh Word, God allows the soil around our roots to be loosen and aired with new compost; ensuring that we grow in a healthy relationship with His Word that will produce fruits.
ENSURING A GOOD HARVEST:
A fruit farmer seeks a good harvest, therefore, he needs a healthy tree. Each season, the farmer will prune back the branches which did not produce good fruits and he will cut off the branches which did not produce any fruit.
God does the same with us; through allowing certain circumstance to take place in our lives, God prunes back the weak branches in our lives and cut off the branches which does not produce fruit. Sometimes it’s a painful process, but it’s very necessary in order for us to produce good fruit.
With a daily dose of irrigation, spraying for pest, and feed the tree with nutrients the farmer ensures that the tree gets all it need to produce the fruits he wants. God also ensures that we have all we need to grow into a healthy vessel which will produce good fruits; but ultimately it is up to us to take in what God freely gives us. Like the verse tells us in Joshua 1:8 “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Take note that the later part puts emphasis on the fact that when we do what God tells us, we will make our way prosperous, and we will experience good success.
EVERY TREE A FOREST:
When you look at a seed of an apple for example; we see just a seed with the simple eye. When you look a bit deeper, you will see an apple tree in that same seed. But when a farmer looks at a single apple seed, he sees an entire forest of apple trees.
But here is the key, one fruit, like the apple, has several seeds contained within a single apple. That single apple has to potential to produce several apple trees; and each one of them has the same potential – when these seeds are all planted, they have the potential to produce a forest, even it all has started with a single seed.
God looks at us in that manner. A single seed was planted, it grew and some time around that seed produced salvation in your life. Once you have come into salvation, you started to grow and started producing fruit. That fruit carried its own seed and so produces more. The forest is within a single seed which will then multiply after its own kind.
God didn’t call us just to sit in church and get fat on the Word; He wants us to get involved and by doing so, produce fruits. God has uniquely fashioned each one of us to impact other peoples lives. God has fashioned us and called us to produce more of us, which is after His likeness. If you haven’t noticed it yet, God is busy reproducing Himself through you; bring the saints unto perfection till the day Jesus Christ returns. In the end, our work will be tested, and we are to ensure that our work remains standing after the test. You can start today by asking how you can get involved in the ministry you belong to – but hurry, the end is near.
As the verse in 1 Peter 2:9 says: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
Like a tree planted in God’s garden that has the potential to be a forest, so to are you a chosen generation. We must understand the construction of prophetic word use here. Peter is speaking to an individual here, yet he says that you are a chosen generation.
This is God’s thinking about you, you might only be one, but you have the potential to be a forest through your offspring and those you win to Christ. Every tree a forest – you have a choice in producing good fruit and becoming a healthy forest or not…