The Bad Seed
Have you ever eaten a fruit and it so happened to be a really good one? I often have, and after finishing it, I thought, "if I could plant these seeds that are in the fruit maybe I could have more just like this one." I am not sure if there is a fruit that I don’t like, but I tend to eat an apple or two every day.
Being someone who loves to grow things, I planted some apple seeds and was anxious to see it grow. In the meantime, I visited a nursery to pick up some tips on how to grow a healthy apple tree with a good yield. Upon chatting with the friendly nursery worker, I was told something that shocked me. He said that having an apple tree could be very rewarding and save a lot of money. Well, needless to say, he had me at saving money.
So, I’m thinking this was a great move on my part. The worker then told me I could get great tasting apples and an abundant yield (by this time, I was thinking, “Yes, yes, yes!”) … as long as it’s not a seed taken from the apple. So, I’m like, “Wait, what???” The guy explained to me that if I grew the seed from the apple I wanted that I would be very disappointed and could get an apple totally different and taste not nearly as good.
So, here is where I get a lesson of a lifetime.
It’s not the branch that bears the good fruit, but rather the tree through the branch.
I was told that the delicious apples I get from the market didn’t come from seed. That blew me away. How can you grow a tree if it’s not from seed? Apparently, it’s not the seed but rather the tree that’s the important factor. To get the desired fruit, the cultivar grafts the branch of choice to the right tree. After the branch is grafted to the tree, the fruit from the branch takes characteristics from the tree. You see, the seed doesn’t represent the tree, but rather the branch. So, it’s not the branch that bears the good fruit, but rather the tree through the branch. Undesirable fruit from one tree can be absolutely delicious when a branch of that tree is grafted to the right tree.
Now, you probably know where I’m going with this and your right. Ladies and gentlemen, we are the branches. We, through ourselves, do not produce good fruit, but if we are grafted to the right tree (Jesus), our fruit becomes desirable. We have to be grafted to produce the perfect fruit. John 15:1-6:
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. “You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”
You see, the seed that comes from us represents ourselves, wretched and possesses no good thing. However, the proper way to get the best fruit is to gain the characteristics of the tree (Jesus), the source of all things good. He makes the undesirable, desirable, the bitter to sweet, the tough to tender, the small to large, the dull to a mix of colors, the barren to fruitful, bland to beautiful.
We cannot be what or who we need to be without being in Christ Jesus. He is the giver of life and give us the change needed to change our fruit to suit His taste. John 15:16:
“You did not choose Me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will remain--so that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He will give you.”
It’s one thing to produce fruit, but yet another to produce good fruit. Do you wish to produce good fruit? Are you trying to do it yourself with no success? Guess what? There is a reason and I found out why. Jesus is your answer to life’s otherwise bland and at times bitter taste. He can change you and what you do, but you have to be connected to Him to do it. John 14:6 “I am the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me.”
Besides, who knows more about the process than the cultivar Himself? Come to Jesus and let Him make you what you were designed to be, desirable and perfect.