Years ago, in one of the talks my mom used to share at women's groups... she spoke of the kind of fruit that 'grows on our tree'... she described a tree that was full of beautiful looking fruit, but had no roots...
Just imagine a gorgeous tree... full of fancy, sparkling fruit hanging all over it, but when you look at the tree more closely, the fruit is just stuck onto the branch to decorate it, to make it look good...
Those shiny fruits were placed there from the outside, so there was never any life to them, no depth, and no roots. They just hang there, and if a good strong wind comes along.... they fly away or fall off... they were never connected to the root.
Sometimes there is a temptation to decorate our tree on the outside, so we hang our fruit on the branches and hope someone will notice how special our tree looks...
The only kind of fruit that matters, is the kind that grows up from the root of the tree and into the branch while attached to the source of it's life. This is the fruit of the Spirit, and it is nourished from the root that gives life to the tree... God Himself.
He is the source of the life that produces fruit. It's His fruit that we all seek for our tree to be filled with...
There are names for these fruits...
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.