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“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.  A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit” (Matthew 7:17-18).

At the end of this age, it will be very apparent who has produced what.  We have many examples of those who have gone before, both good and bad.  Nothing remains a secret, for the track behind us tells others who we are.  You have before you the narrow way of everlasting life.  Jesus has called you by name and tells you that either you will be one who produces good fruit or else one who produces bad fruit.

Lord God, You have established the order of things.  We may argue in our speculations, but things will be as You have determined them to be.  Lead those who are on the journey of becoming like Christ to focus upon walking the path You have set before us.  Let us not be distracted by this world’s incessant measuring of results, but instead put all our energy into following You each day.

Lord Jesus, You say to each of us, “Come, follow me.”  Lead me this day so that You are the center of of my attention.  You will grow in me what You will grow in me.  You will produce from my life what You will produce.  You are the author and finisher of my faith.  Help me to keep my eyes upon You, my Lord and Savior.  Help me to make each step forward one that is taken with Your guidance.  Amen.

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