Becoming Fruitful


Last summer I searched for the “goodly fruit” mentioned in the Bible because I wanted to plant it in our Church Bible Garden. The goodly fruit was used in the Festival of Tabernacles (booths) which commemorated the Israelites traveling and living in the wilderness for 40 years. Most scholars agree that the original goodly fruit was a pine cone; but by the time of the Restoration, it was the Citrus media. This fruit grows on trees in tropical areas and is wide spread in Israel. Ripe fruit is yellow and resembles a lemon.

This Meyer lemon is the nearest plant I was able to find to plant in our garden. Last summer, it was about 15 inches tall. Leaves grew from each stem. Over winter I had it inside my home in front of a sunny window. Most leaves dropped; then, a few flower buds formed. Below are pictures of buds, blooming flowers, dying flowers, and finally the fruit.



Often flowers buds are beautiful. As the bud transits to a flower, then to a fruit, it goes through stages. Not all stages are attractive; but at least for plants, transition is needed to get fruit.

As we are progressively made holy — sanctified — we go through stages to become fruitful Christians. Not all stages are beautiful, but maybe they are needed so we bear fruit.

I love Bible plants along with their symbolism. If you want to learn more about them, read my two books: 1) Rooted in God and 2) God as a Gardener. You can purchase them from my website: Carolyn Roth Ministry at

Copyright: April 26, 2015; Carolyn A. Roth



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