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“Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.  So then, you will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:19-20).

If you end up being good for nothing, what would you expect?  We act in a way that fits who we are and what we are after.  Should it be otherwise?  Even in the world, many of us have a hard time with folk that do nothing.  Do not be led by the broad ways of this world, but by the narrow way of the Lord.  He calls for us to follow Him and He tells us that the fields are ripe for the harvest.  Go then into the field and bear fruit befitting the kingdom of heaven.

Lord, help me to understand this clearly, not doing what I do for my own sake, but for Your sake.  Turn my heart so that it longs to be about the Father’s business.  Through all that comes my way, let me see the opportunities to do what is right.  Guide me in the way of righteousness, bearing the fruit for which I was created.  Let me dwell deeply rooted in You.

Holy Spirit, You know where those places in my heart where I am hindered.  I know the Father will prune the unproductive branches.  Guide me, whether being pruned or at work, so that in all I do, I may be faithful to the tasks You are giving me.  Lead me to be a vine that bears good fruit.  Guide me in all I do this day so that I may look for those places where You have assignments for me.  Amen.

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