A Tree and Its Fruit

Written by: Ricky Spears       Recorded by: Ricky Spears

A Tree and Its Fruit

Audio Remastered March 2015

Do you find it easier to judge others than it is to examine yourself? Most of us do. We judge others by what they say and do while judging ourselves by our motivations and what we hope to say and do.

In this meditation, we'll contemplate Luke's account of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and Paul's letter to the Galatians. We'll allow the Holy Spirit to use God's Word to to reveal to us the good fruit we are producing as well as the bad fruit. We'll examine ourselves as we might examine a tree and its fruit.

Ricky's commentary: Here is the first guided Christian meditation that I wrote and recorded. I was participating in a small group Bible study and we were tasked with reading, and studying, five different passages before our next meeting. One of those passages was Luke 6:43-45, where Jesus talks about a tree and its fruit.

As I studied this passage, I found myself meditating on it. I repeated short sections of it over and over in my mind. As I thought about particular phrases, other supporting scriptures came to mind, and I thought about them as well. Mostly, I thought about how this all applied to me. God used this time of meditation to challenge me to evaluate different areas of my life.

As I meditated, I also thought about the people in my small group and the people in my Sunday School class. I wondered how many of them regularly meditate on the scriptures, and if they had ever been taught to meditate on the Bible. This prompted me to dig into the Word and see what God had to say about the discipline of meditation. Out of that study, I created a lesson that I taught to my Sunday School class. I concluded the lesson by guiding them through the methods I use as I meditate on God's Word by myself.

The people in my Sunday School class really enjoyed it, and several of them asked if I could record it. So, I recorded it for them. Here is that original meditation, much as I presented it to the class that first time. I recommend that you listen to it during a time when you will not be disturbed and you can focus on God's Word.

The background music in this meditation is, "Above the Clouds," by Suzanne Teng (used under license from Magnatune). The song appears on her album, "Enchanted Wind," available from Amazon.com.

Scriptures: 1 Peter 5:7, Luke 6:43-45, Galatians 5:19-21, Galatians 5:22-23

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What People are saying about "A Tree and Its Fruit”

  1. Billy
    October 12th, 2007 at 6:33 am

    Keep up the great work. This is needed so much and is difficult to find online. Thank you again.

  2. Felzia
    April 4th, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Doing regular practice in home and classes will give good benefits. I will meditate every morning if i do so means then the whole day will be some what relaxfull to me.

  3. maureen
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I am so grateful for Godly Christian meditations.
    thank you and GOD Bless you!

    Love your voice too. very soothing.

  4. sky
    September 13th, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    This is my first Christian meditation after being into yoga + Eastern stuff all my life. It is the best enjoyment of Jesus, I find, with the “morning solution” relaxation … like the beautiful cathedral in the city … like the soft angels’ wings wipe away distress. I’ll keep exploring.

  5. Randall Baker
    May 2nd, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I enjoyed your guided meditation very much and plan on listening to more! I noticed it has been over a year since anything new was added to the archives, and I hope I have not discovered this site after you have stopped adding to it. A couple of comments: the visualization of the garden and trees really helped me open my heart to this scripture passage. I would, however, have appreciated a longer silent pause between the different fruits of the spirit and of the flesh during the last section of the meditation. This is the application of the wonderful visualization, but I didn’t feel like I had sufficient time to truly digest my life in light of each fruit. Great meditation and thank you very much!

  6. Ricky Spears
    May 3rd, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Randall – I’m still here and this is still an active project. I’m glad you found the site and are enjoying the meditations. The delay in publishing new meditations is due to a number of factors in my life. However as I’ve recently been finishing the writing for the next one (The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness) I realize that God has been working in my life during that time to create an understanding of gentleness that I didn’t have a year ago. So, all things in His time; this is His work.

    Concerning evaluating your life in light of the fruit of the Spirit, you may want to listen to #24 which focuses on them collectively, and numbers 25-33 that focuses on individual manifestations of that fruit.

  7. bbjab12
    May 16th, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I thank God for you. In your obedience to His call on your life you have given many Christian worshippers back the art of meditation that Satan had stolen from us! I am grateful to God for answering my prayer request for mindful worship meditation and for my daughter whom God used to introduce me to your site on Mother’s Day. Best Mother’s Day gift ever! God bless you to continue with many more scriptural meditations. There is a hunger in the land…” feed My sheep!”

  8. Ricky Spears
    May 29th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    bbjab12 – I’m so humbled by your words. I don’t know what to say. Thank you.

  9. Hector
    September 7th, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I am so thankful to the Lord for having found this site!!
    I live in Monterrey, Mexico with muy Mexican wife….do you know if something similar tho this exists in Spanish?…cause she does not know that much English…

  10. Ricky Spears
    September 16th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    Hector – I’m glad you’re enjoying these! Unfortunately, I’m not aware of anything similar in any other language.

  11. jo
    November 12th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Hi, I’m SO glad i listened to this.
    I’ve been really struggling with keeping up my faith and obedience to God at uni and decided that meditating on Gods word is a start and managed to end up here. This was an absolutely perfect thing for me to hear and reflect on today and i intend on listening to them daily.
    I just really want to thank you for taking the time to produce these, its such an encouragement and its so clear to hear God speaking through you, its great:)

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  13. Ingrid
    June 3rd, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Dear Ricky,

    I wanted so much to practise Meditation as a Spiritual Discipline. I know the Scripture “Be still and know that I am God.” I looked a long time and then found you! Thank you for being faithful to God in providing us a way to commune more closely with Him. I am so appreciative. God Bless you. And please keep going 🙂

  14. Enzo Crescentini
    December 4th, 2014 at 7:23 am

    This is so amazing and life giving. I get into work early before other people are there adn listen to this as I do my morning catch-up routine.

    Praise god

  15. Steve Dalton
    December 4th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Early in morning is my favorite time to listen too.

    Thanks so much.

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