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A good tree can only bear good fruit; a bad tree can only bear bad fruit. The Lord Jesus appealed in Matthew 15:13, ‘every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted’.
It is clear that God can never plant a bad tree; therefore, only a good tree can come from Him.
A person who represents a bad tree can never truly prevail, no matter what they try to do. They can take part in many purposes in the church and campaigns after campaigns, but if they are a bad tree they will never find the abundant life that God promises. On the other hand, a person who is a good tree can never be shaken. God will prune them, so that they will bear much more fruit; they will prosper and continue to develop.
A person who is a bad tree could even conquer material blessings by the strength of their own hands, but they will never be happy; they will never have peace or be satisfied within themselves because they only produce fruit of unrighteousness and fruit of disobedience.
Human beings were created to worship and glorify God, and if we are not doing what we were created to do, we can never be satisfied.
The Lord Jesus also said that every tree that does not bear good fruit, would be cut down and thrown into the fire. This is the end result for those who continue to bear fruit of unrighteousness and fruit of disobedience. But for those who bear fruit of righteousness and fruit of obedience, everything shall be well with them. They will face battles along the way, but they will continue to grow and to develop.
The UCKG HelpCentre is a good example of this, we receive a mixture of positive and negative commentary about our work, mainly from people who have never attended or taken part in the purposes we do; however, one can only be permitted to make judgement on the church if they have tasted what we offer. That is, if they have accepted the teachings and put them into practice, because this is the only way for them to see the results in their lives that other people are seeing; in other words, they get to taste the fruit of the church.
We can see that over the years, the UCKG has been able to bear much fruit for the glory of God, despite being in the midst of much persecution, and continues to grow and develop. So it shall be for those who decide to bear fruit for the glory of God. Those who are saved will be judged according to the fruit that they bear. This can be applied not only to your character, but also to other areas of your life. Ask yourself:
When God tastes your fruit, will He enjoy it?
Bishop Randal Brito