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Bear fruit regardless by Deon Crafford

Matt 13:24-30 He put another parable before them, saying, a] among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants[b] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”

There is a family of trees called the fertiliser trees. One of these is the Moringa tree also known as the ‘Miracle Tree’ and ‘Multi-Vitamin Tree’, known for it’s high nutritional value and medicinal properties.  The entire tree offers food and medicine within its leaves, flowers, pods, roots and seeds. The leaves themselves offer a higher protein content than eggs while also boasting more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, more vitamin A than a bunch of carrots, more potassium than bananas and more vitamin c than oranges. These leaves, dried in the sun and pounded into powder, can be added to traditional and specialty foods as a super food vitamin boost. A nutritious tea can also be made form the leaves, and is especially helpful for pregnant women and children. Powder from crushed seeds can even be used to purify water. And here is the best part of it all, this tree is drought tolerant, so it does not need perfect growing conditions to bring forth its goodness. For this reason it is widely used as a land restoration agent or solution all over the world. Fertiliser trees bring live and restoration to previously barren land. 

The parable of the wheat amongst the weeds seem to reflect something of the Moringa tree and the family from whence it comes – just one of the wonders of God’s creation. Let’s for a moment consider ourselves as being God’s fertiliser trees. His purpose for us is to be planted in barren land where weeds seem to be the only thing able to grow and sustain itself. As we bear foilage and seeds, we start to restore life to the erstwhile barren land. Where weeds previously dominated, food crops now start taking over. As with the fertiliser trees, the conditions in which we’re placed or planted is not supposed to hold us back. The more barren the land, the more impact the tree will make. Farmers all over Africa have experienced how the use of fertiliser trees enhance their crop yields, with a resultant positive impact on food security. But here is the catch – if we seem perturbed by the fact that conditions we’re purposed for is not ideal; that the land is covered in weeds or is barren at best; all the good things God intends through us are dragged down into the polluted cesspit of my own anxieties and expectations of easy. Could it be then that God has a plan for me to bring restoration to a sick environment – whatever it may be where I am placed –  but I end up being sick myself because I shrink back from the challenge of being a fertiliser tree on barren land.

If God has a purpose for us, there is not one iota of possibility that He will leave us alone in that purpose. In fact, knowing me, I know that God can’t leave me on my own because I’d be a miserable failure. But knowing that He precedes our every step, I can go boldly in confidence that what He purposed for me is possible. I am then able to infuse a selfish and greedy environment with care and generosity. I am able to bring forth hope where there had always been fear. I am able to speak peace, where war-talk once reigned supreme. I am able to ignite faith in God, where He was denounced and scourged. If I am then called to be fruit bearing amongst the weeds or in the barren land, how will I respond? Like Moses, who had multiple reasons why he was not the right guy for the job, or like Daniel who in the face of death, would not relent on his calling. 

 

Love to all

DC