I’ve been challenged recently by these words from Luke 6:
43“For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, 44for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
I’ve decided that in order to be an effective, fruit producing disciple of Christ, I need to be aware and cherish the good treasure in my heart; that is Jesus himself.
There is no point in me evangelising, or telling others about him if my heart isn’t brimming over with joy and love for him. That’s what my heart needs to be abundant of; love for Jesus.
Personal evangelism and fruit production in one’s life just doesn’t happen or work without the good treasure of Jesus and the abundance of him present in the heart.
Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre.
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