Hope is a like a tree that bears much fruit. (for more on this see Sermons -“Hope to Share”)
One Word –
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 26, 27; John 15, 16
Big Idea –
This month I’ve been preaching on hope in Christ. One of the illustrations I’ve used is based upon the idea of Jesus’ short parable here. His Father, the Gardner, wants us to be fruitful, so the LORD will prune the vine when needed so it bears more fruit. Jesus emphasized that He is the vine and only as we, the branches remain in Him can we bear fruit – apart from Christ we can do nothing.
So I have described hope as a tree – a tree that will bear fruit (four ways hope bears fruit is joy, love, boldness and endurance). You and I are the trees of hope. However, we are planted within the soil of God’s character; the LORD is our God of hope because His steadfast love never fails. Because ‘you are what you eat’ we are a tree of hope and should bear fruit. Otherwise, if we are not planted in God, then we are just dead firewood and can do nothing.
Often we think about our lives and realize we are lacking fruit. The circumstances of life have beaten us down; joy, love and other fruit is bruised or missing all together. In these times we often ask the LORD to give us the fruit. LORD give me joy, peace, love . . . whatever it is that is missing. But that’s going about it the wrong way!
Hope is the tree. If the fruit is lacking or of poor quality, the gardener examines the tree because healthy trees produce good fruit.
So you and I need to likewise examine our tree of hope. How confident are we of God’s steadfast love? Is our hope an absolute confidence that does not waiver, or is our hope like that of the world – a wish or daydream. Let’s ask the LORD to help us to tend the tree of hope, to trim away the broken limbs, to take care of the soil and fertilize as needed. If our hope in the LORD is strong, we will be fruitful – like branches firmly connected to the vine.
I need to let my hope grow strong in the LORD and be fruitful.
Yes to Yield –
LORD Jesus, thank You for planting me in the soil of God’s character of hope. Forgive me when my hope is weak and in turn I fail to produce the fruit You desire. Holy Spirit, help me to know how to tend my faith as a tree of hope, to nurture my hope through the Word of God and prayer. Keep me firmly grounded in You so I might bear much fruit.