“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so” (Genesis 1:11).

When God willed to amend the earth which was blank and disorderly, He made the fruit yielding trees to grow and how great the grace of God is!

God created three important things namely grass, herb and trees with fruits. These things remain as comparables to men. Firstly, the Scripture compares the wicked to the grass. “When the wicked spring up like grass, and when all the workers of iniquity flourish, it is that they may be destroyed forever” (Psalms 92:7).

Secondly, the Scripture compares the herbs to the evildoers. “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb” (Psalms 37:1, 2). Thirdly God speaks comparing the righteous to the fruit yielding trees. “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalms 1:3). Dear children of God, will you remain as the fruit yielding trees?

Look at the life of Joseph. He had to face so many sufferings, tribulations and reproaches in his life. In spite of all these things, he led a fruit yielding life. The Scripture says “Joseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall” (Genesis 49:22).

God expects a fruit yielding life from you. He wants you to yield good fruits and that too big in number. Jesus said, “….. I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should remain” (John 15:16). Mere leaves are seen in the lives of many. They simply remain as traditional, ritual, namesake proud Christian leaves. God likes not the leaves but the fruits. For this sake, He sacrificed His life.

Every tree that does not yield fruits remains as spoiling factor for the earth. The water and fertilizers used and the efforts put on for its growth become a waste. The fruitless life not only spoils the particular individual but also the people around him.

With all sadness, God said about the fig tree “Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?” (Luke 13:7). Dear children of God, resolve to yield fruits for God. Begin to act in this direction!

To meditate: “For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Ephesians 5:9).