There are several hybrid pear trees that do not produce pears. They are popular trees because they do not grow too tall, have a nice shape, produce beautiful spring flowers and are not messy with pears falling to the ground. Well at the park by my house this type of pear tree has lots of mini-trees growing from the roots of the "mother tree." Several of the smaller trees, or rather shoots growing up from the ground, are actually producing pears. Despite the hybrid quality of the main tree, there is still a genetic propensity to grow fruit.
This got me thinking about fruit in our lives. Are you producing spiritual fruit in your life this summer? Summer can be a hazardous time, spiritually. A different schedule and the lack of accountability can lead to sin. Everyday we must fix our eyes, our attention, our affection on Jesus.
John 15:4-5, Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
P.S. for incoming Timothy Students: remember to send me a cool tree picture with you in it from this summer. Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.