“When the season for fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to get his fruit.” Matthew 21:34
Fruit. It is the accomplishment of long patience, the proof of a lively root, and the crowning jewel upon the year. The leaves sing gold and the harvesters rejoice.
What is the fruit that God expects of his people? To receive him! “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent” (John 6:29). Is this not the “fruit” in the parable, to respect and receive the Son of the Master? In a parallel parable (ch. 22), to “bear fruit” is to accept the wedding feast invitation. This is the fruit that God loves, and that which produces all other fruit in the Christian life. Truly, his burdens are light.