Friday, February 4, 2011

A fruit basket

'Fruit' is mentioned over and over in the Word:
...every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Matthew 7.17-20 (also Luke 6.43-44)
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3.8
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. Matthew 12.33
I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
   “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15.1-8 a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work... Colossians 1.10
...filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1.11
...for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth... Ephesians 5.9
...the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galations 5.22-23
It seems like the fruit we bear for God is really note worthy!

For the last night of Freedom for Life, we collected 'Kingdom Fruit,' put them in a basket, and gave them to the leader (and author) of the class. Our fruit is hers too, born of her obedience. I think I'm going to start keeping track of my fruit, maybe I'll make my own basket. How encouraging to have a record of the fruit God is bearing in my life. There are days that I need help remembering.

"if the Son sets you free"
"you will be free indeed"

full of Kingdom fruit
our fearless leader, fruit basket recipient

Do you have any Kingdom fruit to share?


  1. I love that basket, Kathy. I bet your fearless leader did, too. Very sweet.

    Also, that post with all the strange words? Very funny. :)

  2. Thanks, Steph! You should make those baskets, fun and easy!!