We’ve covered a lot over the past few weeks that we can learn from the sequoia tree. Here’s another one…
Sequoias are extremely fruitful. The average mature Giant Sequoia produces approximately 2,000 cones each year. Since there is an average of 200 seeds per cone, 400,000 seeds could be released from each tree each year. With an average of three mature trees per acre, over a million seeds are produced per acre per year in most Sequoia groves.
What is true of living sequoia trees is not true of a fallen sequoia, detached from its root system. Same with us.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:4-5 (ESV)
The goal of the Christian life is to be fruitful (John 15, Galatians 5:22-23), but that can only happen when we are attached to the vine (Jesus) with the Spirit living inside us.
Fruitfulness only comes when we are attached to the vine.
You thought sequoias were fruitful? Make a commitment and the necessary sacrifices to stay connected to the vine, and you’ll be amazed at the fruit the Spirit will produce through you!
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