“The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.” –Genesis 2:9a
“Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.” –Luke 6:44a
One of our neighbors grows heirloom cherry tomatoes in her garden. They’re purple. They’re unusual, but they’re still recognizably cherry tomatoes. I noticed them when Lexi and I were walking one day. The Gospel says that a tree is recognized by its fruit. But sometimes we have trouble recognizing the fruit for what it is. If it’s a little unusual, we may not identify it as “good” fruit. We may not admit that it comes from a “good” tree. Genesis says that God made all kinds of trees. There are more than two or three varietals. When we walk in faith, we should appreciate the diversity of God’s creation—including the variety of “fruits” produced by people of faith.
Dear God, Grant me wisdom to recognize good fruit for what it is. Amen