Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognise them.
Matthew 7 : 17 – 20
Jesus lived in a time when the vast majority of information was relayed by word of mouth. Few ordinary people could read and documents were not in common circulation. With this in mind, Jesus knew he had to keep his message clear and easily understood. He drew on things people could relate to. Food, farming and fishing were all used to get his teachings across to his followers. Contrast this with today’s mass media. We are faced with a constant barrage of information from Facebook, Twitter, TV, Radio and a plethora of printed material. It is all very confusing at times. Commentators, experts and factions present many conflicting views. This is not so with Jesus. By contrasting good and bad trees, people were able to understand his message quickly and easily. They knew exactly what he was saying. They recognised it wasn’t enough to be thought of as good, they had to let the fruit of their actions speak for them. They knew that bad trees cannot bear good fruit and therefore selfish, self-centred, self-righteous, uncaring persons will not seek to benefit others by their actions. They were aware that Jesus was telling them that they had to constantly nurture and nourish their faith. Consequently they would reap a harvest that would benefit many and not just a few. Neglecting spiritual nourishment put them at great risk of becoming like the bad tree. This remains true for Christians today. At times especially when we are tired and weary we need to draw close to Jesus to replenish our Faith. When we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel we need to remind ourselves that Jesus is the light of the world and that he is always with us putting his message across in ways we can understand. Jesus clear message continues to have a profound effect in the world. Will we be saying the same of social media 2000 years from now?
Prayer: Loving God, Help us to constantly find ways to nurture and nourish our faith. Help us to grow spiritually and give us the ability to share your message in ways that everyone will understand. Amen.
Action: Ensure that you continue to nourish your faith so that all your actions may prove fruitful. If you find an opportunity to share your faith, keep your message straightforward.