A Tree and its Fruit– from Luke 6:44,45 “For each tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they pick grapes from a briar bush. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart.”
Seems that if we get our hearts right with God, before the face of God, in this present moment then from inside of us, as it were, will good things come.
Meister Eckhart (a monk writing about 1300 A.D.) says that to God it matters little WHAT we do but what matters is the attitude of our hearts that leads us to our deeds. This is good news for those of us who feel like small contributors to the Kingdom life perhaps because of our circumstances or because we are so new to this life of faith. Most people look on the external conditions but God looks on the heart even the heart that struggles to be faithful.
And let us not think that it is in outward performing of our deeds we somehow earn God’s love. No all our effort is to get our hearts in good condition and in the right place so that FROM such a heart good will naturally come to the glory and praise of our God. Amen