“Joseph is like a grapevine that produces much fruit. He is like a healthy vine watered by a spring. He is like a vine whose branches grow over the wall” (Genesis 49:22).

Joseph was special among the twelve children of Jacob. But the Scripture explains to us how he walked in the path of tears. Rachel gave birth to a child after twelve long years and named it Joseph which gives the meaning ‘He will add’. Right from his youth days, he faced trial after trial and struggle after struggle. But at the age of thirty, he rose to the second place in the leadership of Egypt next only to Pharaoh. He is a fruit yielding plant.

There was a banyan tree in the outskirts of our town and during the fruit yielding season thousands of sparrows, mynas and parrots can be seen seated in it. The sweet sound of the birds will be heard around the tree always. Nobody approach a tree devoid of fruits. Such trees could only be cut to pieces and used as firewood. Dear children of God, the wish of God is to make you fruit yielding trees and place you as a blessing to many people. Thousands of souls should come in search of you to quest their thirst.

Jesus Christ was a fruit-yielding tree. Is it not? “You know about Jesus from Nazareth. God made him the Christ by giving him the Holy Spirit and power. You know how Jesus went everywhere doing good. He healed those who were ruled by the devil, for God was with Jesus” (Acts 10:38).

Our God can turn any man into a fruit yielding plant. “The true Light was coming into the world. The true Light gives light to all” (John 1:9). By no means, He will cast out any man. He is powerful to make any man stand firm in Christ. He is the one to turn you into a fruit-yielding tree.

At one period, I was living in poverty and I was in no way useful to others. At that time, a servant of God who had come to a fasting prayer at our home blessed me saying “from today, God gives you prosperous days.” I placed my faith fully in those words and from that day God gave me a glorious ministry and made me a fruit yielding plant.

Since Joseph became a fruit-yielding tree, all the Egyptians came running towards him during the days of famine. He generously supplied grains to all of them. Not only that, even his father and brothers who were in Canaan came to Egypt to receive the grains. They were also blessed by Joseph. Yes, when God blesses you, he will make your rivals to come in search of you. He will prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies and anoint your head with oil. Your cup will run over.

To meditate: “If a person remains in me and I remain in him, then he produces much fruit. But without me, he can do nothing” (John 15:5).

Daily BreadJoshua Jebadurai