The fruit we eat is the fruit we bare!

*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series here. ***

Jesus often used plant life to explain important aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven to his disciples. Here is a very significant one that he teaches them while sitting on a mount, presumably in Galilee:

“Every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognise them by their fruit.” (Matthew 7:17-20)

The concept that people are related to trees and their works to fruit is a concept that is carried throughout the New Testament. It is clearly an important metaphor that we should take note of. And it brings us to a very important principle. A tree can only reproduce according to its kind.

Trees are designed to live, grow, flower, produce seeds, and then release their seeds to be planted somewhere else. Seeds are thus the reproductive vessel of the tree. And they are found within the fruit. The fruit encapsulates or houses the seeds and are a sign that the tree is preparing for reproduction.  Yahoo answers had the following to say on the topic:

The fruit provides nutrients to the seeds, much like a placenta provides nutrients to a fetus. Additionally, the fruit which surrounds the seed temps animals to eat the seeds and thus carry it to a new location to propagate the plant. Doubtless the fact that the seed passes through the digestive system of the animal and is deposited with a nice helping of fertilizer is also an advantage to the plant.

How interesting that the fruit is designed to appeal to animals so that they will carry the seeds to a new location for reproduction. The fruit is thus designed for the seed, for reproduction. So that the tree can multiply its kind on the earth. And it is the same with us. The fruit that we produce actually harbour within them the seed of the tree kind that is growing within us.

Hence, if we have an “evil” tree living within us, we will produce bad fruit and also reproduce an evil tree kind. Naturally, if we have a good tree living within us we will produce good fruit and reproduce its kind. And the way to recognise what type of tree grows within us is by our fruit. For that is the main element displaying the inner nature of the tree. If the fruit it good, so too the tree. If the fruit is bad, well, you get the picture.

So, what does this mean for our lives? Well, its pretty simple, what you eat you will reproduce. So, if you eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, guess what tree will begin to grow in you? And similarly, if you eat of the Tree of Life, its kind will begin to grow and bear fruit in you. But it is only through eating of its fruit that you can take in its seed to be planted on the soil of your heart.

Additionally, the fruit we eat is the fruit we bare… or put another way, the tree that grows within you will be the tree that you give life and multiplication to. Because as you bare fruit, people will come by, eat of it and within in them will begin to grow the same tree. And the cycle will repeat itself ensuring the multiplication of that tree kind all over the earth. It’s the way the Lord designed it.

Sadly, Adam and Eve ate of the Tree of the Knowlegde of Good and Evil and since that day the human race has been eating of and giving multiplication to this tree kind. There was no way for us to eat of the Tree of Life, for we needed someone who actually had the Tree of Life growing within them so that we could eat of its fruit, take in that seed and reproduce its life. And I’m guessing you know who that person is…. But more on that next week.

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In the beginning… (part 2): Curiosity killed humanity!

#2.2 of Living with Christ as our Source

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Last week, we saw that in the beginning, Adam and his Wife only knew to live from what God taught and instructed. They were like children depending wholeheartedly on their Father. They did not claim to know “right” from “wrong”, but only knew what God had “said” versus what God had “not said.” In this we see a glimpse of what it means to live from Christ as our Source. It is a shift from trying to live from a place of human understanding to a place where we live by the Word of God. Something that both Adam and his wife were doing quite successfully, until the Woman got into a conversation with the serpent.

As naive as children are, so also was the Woman. Her first mistake was to converse with the serpent. We see this many times in stories of children being upducted. The predators begin “talking” to them and in so doing, lure them away with all kinds of lies. Hence the very famous instruction to all children: “Don’t talk to strangers!” The Woman unfortunately had not gotten this memo, and ended up getting into a seemingly “harmless” converstaion that would ultimately doom the world forever.

Her first mistake and essentially the one that lead to her sin and their fall was “listening” to a different source. Conversing and discussing the ways of life and rules for living with someone other than her creator. She knew what the Lord had said, we see that in the passage in Genesis 3, but she chose to “entertain” the musings and thoughts of someone else other than God. In that moment, she let go of her union with God to “discover” what this serpent might know.

We see this in stories of adultery. Initially, it does not start out as adultery, or even desire, but simply as “curiosity“. The man for example refrains from holding onto the union in His heart with His wife, and kind of, “lets go” of the side railing to put his toes into the water to see what it feels like. To “test” it. He says to himself, “I just want to see what it feels like. It can’t hurt. I’m not doing anything wrong. Besides, I can handle it. I’m not going to stray too far from the edge.” And then we all know what happens. Curiosity turns into a game, and the game turns into desire, and desire turns into… , well you know the story. And soon the man is fully submerged in the waters of adultery, that are flowing harder and stronger down river to his doom.

And it was exactly the same for the Woman. She was “curious.” And her curiosity lead her down a path that we have never fully recovered from.

Now there is nothing wrong with curiosity, in its right place. Just like a child comes running to her dad with something weird in her hand saying “daddy, daddy what is this?”, so too the Woman could have done the same. She could have firstly involved her husband, and then they could have both gone to God and told him what the serpent had said asking “Lord, Lord, what is this that the serpent has said? Is it true?”

But she didn’t. And after she had eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, so did Adam. Without question. He just naively listened to the same nonsense the serpent had told his wife. In that moment, He let go of God as His source, and chose to receive information for life from the serpent via his wife. He too was “curious” of this power that He could have by eating of this tree. And it ended up in tragedy for us all.

And in this my dear brothers and sisters we see a fundamental lesson of living with Christ as our Source. We need to be completely united to Him and Him ALONE. There is no place to be connected to Him and to something else. That something else, will ultimately pull us down and away from God.  We must not even entertain looking at or engaging with anything else other than Christ. Even if that something resembles Christ in some way. If it is not Christ, it is satan. Simple. Just like there were only two sources back then, there are still only two sources today. Christ, accessed by dying to self, and satan, accessed by building up the self.

Lord Jesus Christ. I ask that you will show us what it means to be connected to you completely. What it means to live with you as our only source. Show us the counterfeits in our lives and give us the courage to disconnect from them so that we can be fully reconnected to you and you alone. We want to live out our purpose in spirit and in complete truth.

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In the beginning… (part 1): Childlike dependence on God

#2.1 of Living with Christ as our Source

*** This article is part of a blog series about what it means to live with Christ as our source. You can check out the Introduction to the series by clicking here. ***

It would only be appropriate to start at the very beginning (a very good place to start). 😉

Man and Woman have been created and placed in the garden together. God has created the heavens and the earth, the fish of the sea, the creatures of the land, and the birds of the sky. He has also created plants and vegetation on the earth designed to produce fruit for food. Additionally, he has placed two very special and unique trees in the garden. The tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God has told them that they can eat the fruit of any tree in the garden accept the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

This first account of God and man is very significant. It was the beginning. The first time we see a glimpse of untainted relationship between God and man. And there are definite characteristics to it. God is the creator and man is the created. God is the one giving man everything he needs for life, and man is the one learning what that means. He is like a little child in many ways. Looking to a Father for his every move. Needing His Father to show him how to brush his teeth, eat his food, and wipe his….mouth. He really is completely dependent. And that is exactly what we see in the initial relationship between God and man.

But then, sadly, everything changes. Man decides to live from a different source. Man decides to depend on someone else….

I have heard it many times said that in the beginning, man went his own way and that is what caused the fall. In some ways that is true. But it is not the whole picture. Man is like a child. He does not actually know how to “do his own thing” so to speak. He has been designed to live from a source. This is represented in all of life. Children need parents. The body needs food. The mind needs education. All external things giving us what we need to live and grow.  If you think carefully about your life and all the aspects of it, you will realise that nothing in fact comes from yourself. Everything is taken in from the outside, processed, and then released. Nothing actually originates from within you. Everything comes from an outside source. (More on this in future posts)

And in the beginning, we see two distinct sources. God, and Satan. Man is given instructions from God. Instructions by which to live and grow. He is told what to eat, and what not to eat. He is told what to do with his time and what his relationship should be with his wife. He is given everything he needs for life from God, his all sufficient source. But then, something new is introduced into the story… A new and different source. Let us take a look at it together:

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said,‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’”  But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.  Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

Genesis 3: 1-7

Now, if you look at this closely, you will see that the Woman’s initial mistake was not eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That only came later. In fact, it was deciding to listen to a different source: the serpent. Up until that point, both Adam and his Wife had relied completely on God for their “knowledge” of what to do and what not to do. In fact, you can see it in the Woman’s answer: “but God said,…” She does not claim to know what is right and wrong, she is simply telling the serpent what God had told them concerning what they were and were not allowed to do. In this you can see a complete reliance on what God had spoken. Not a knowledge of right and wrong, but a simple lifestyle that flowed from a relationship with God. His instructions, his ways, his words motivating their every move. Not their own thoughts, or their own ways, or their own understanding. Simply, God’s!

And in this we see a glimpse of what pure, untainted relationship was like with God. It was humble, almost childlike in nature. Only knowing what God says and needing nothing more. Living effectively and blissfully by listening to Him and doing only as He instructs. Essentially, living by the Word of God.

But then, something went terribly wrong…

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