Empty trees


Today’s Reading Luke 1-3

Look at the fruit tree above, which fruit is native to this tree? Oranges, apples, pears, or peaches. It is hard to tell by just looking at the empty tree for most people. Unless you are familiar with the type of tree or the landscape or other hints you might find in the picture. Yet, the tree is aware. The tree produces the correct fruit season after season.

In today’s reading, we read this selection from Luke 3:  

So he began saying to the crowds who were going out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say [a]to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham. Indeed the axe is already laid at the root of the trees; so every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

John the Baptist is warning the people who have gathered that change is coming. They have been barren for too long. They are relying on the fact that they are Abraham’s descendants without living a life worthy of that designation. The situation is dire and they need to do something about it quickly.

I call myself a Christian but can anyone tell that by looking at my life? If someone followed me around during the course of the day would they notice anything about me that would make them aware of my claim?  Just like the apple trees above, I know what fruit I should produce. My fruit looks like compassion. love, and justice. My fruit is finding ways to build community. This is who I am through the power of the Holy Spirit. I need to be a fruit producer.

What does your fruit look like?



We are in Day 19  of a 40 day read through the New Testament challenge today. The first 21 days of readings are listed below.

***End Note ***

First 21 Days of Reading
Day 1 – Ash Wednesday
Mark 1-4

Thursday Day 2 – Mark 5-8

Friday Day 3 Mark 9-12

Saturday Day 4 Mark 13-16


 Monday Day 5 1 & 2 Thessalonians

Tuesday Day 6 Galatians

Wednesday  Day 7  Philippians & Colossians

Thursday Day 8 Philemon & Ephesians

Friday Day 9 Matthew 1-7

Saturday Day 10 Matthew 8-12


Monday Day 11 Matthew 13-18

Tuesday Day 12 Matthew 19-24

Day 13 Wednesday Matthew 25-28

Thursday Day 14 1 Corinthians 1-9

Friday Day 15 1 Corinthians 10-16

Saturday Day 16 2 Corinthians 1-13


Monday Day 17 Romans 1-8

Tuesday Day 18 Romans 9-16

Today Wednesday Day 19 Luke 1-3

Thursday Day 20 Luke 4-7

Friday Day 21 Luke 8-11


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