Day 4 | See Yourself Like An Apple Tree – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

Monday, October 04, 2021 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

John 15:1, 5: I am the true vine and my Father is the gardener. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me--and I in him--bears much fruit, because apart from me you can accomplish nothing.

We make progress much harder than it actually is. It is a matter of perspective. When we are trying to make progress on our own, it is very difficult.

Think about a fruit tree such as an apple tree. It has to be cultivated and provided with what it needs to grow. When the tree is mature and ready to bear fruit, what you never see is an apple tree struggling to produce apples. It is the nature of the tree to produce. It doesn't have to try to produce, it only needs to be true to its design.

Many of us lived some part of our lives without Christ in our hearts. The Bible says, "The way of the transgressor is hard." (Proverbs 13:15) So, we don't think of ourselves like an apple tree because we've been more acquainted with frustration, struggle, and failure.

Living in Christ does not guarantee ease and comfort. Living in Christ does guarantee that, like an apple tree, we are connected to the Source. Because of this, producing fruit is not a struggle when we allow the Lord to cultivate us.

Reflection Questions:
1. How has your perspective changed based on what Jesus said?
2. What type of cultivation do you need to become healthy so you can bear fruit without struggle?

Action Items: