The Apple Tree: An Apple A Day
The Importance of an Apple
Have you ever heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Physically, we need nutrients to stay healthy, and the apple is a wonderful source of nutrition! Spiritually, we need a different kind of nutrition if we want to stay healthy. When the woman in the Song of Songs spoke of her beloved as an ‘apple tree’, she gave us a beautiful reminder of Christ.
Like an apple tree, Christ has boundless fruit that we can enjoy. He is our beloved, and it is only in His fruit that we can find the spiritual nutrition we need to keep on going. Let us glimpse at some of the fruit that Christ offers to us, if we would only taste of it!
Lowering bad cholesterol and protecting the human heart is just one of the apple’s wonderful health benefits. How does Christ protect our hearts? In the letters to the Thessalonians, we see three ways that He does:
- He comforts our hearts
- He establishes our hearts
- He directs our hearts
Have you ever felt that your heart was discouraged, uncertain, or wandering? The answer to any of our heart problems is Christ. It is in looking to Him and tasting of His goodness that we gain the spiritual nutrients necessary to sustain and protect our hearts.
It is said that, since the apple is filling and nutritious, it is a great ‘diet snack’. And, while some of us might be in great shape physically, there is not a single believer who doesn’t need to be concerned about spiritual ‘weight loss’.
Hebrews 12:1 speaks of weights that we must lay aside. These weights are things that we don’t need, that take up time and weigh us down spiritually. What is our alternative to these weights? Christ. If we let Him be our focus, if we ‘look to Jesus’, He will fill our lives – the weights of this world will seem meaningless and silly.
As an old hymn says:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.
An apple can provide a boost of energy when you desperately need it. Thankfully, Christ is our, ‘apple tree’ in this sense as well. He offers endless supplies of spiritual strength and energy!
In a familiar passage in Isaiah, we read that those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength, that they will run and not grow weary. Oh what a joy this is when we are spiritually exhausted and run down. When we need that burst of energy and refreshment, we don’t go chew on a piece of bark (Christ is ‘an apple tree among the trees of the wood’). We look to the only one whose fruit can give us strength and energy: Christ!
An Apple A Day
Is your heart weary and unsettled? Are you are being held back extra weight? Do you need energy and refreshment? No matter what your spiritual ailment, the prescription for a believer is exactly the same as the adage we’ve heard time and time again: an apple a day. So turn your eyes to Christ, see what He is offering you today. His beauty and riches are unsearchable, and His fruit will always meet your deepest needs.