If a farmer plants an immature tree in the ground and tells everyone it’s an orange tree, would anyone doubt him? Most people wouldn’t. We would think the farmer is knowledgeable about plants and he knows what type of tree he bought. That tree is watered and cared for. It grows taller and stronger, but still has no oranges. The farmer tells everyone that the tree is an orange tree. Would anyone doubt him? Probably not. Most people would think it’s a matter of time before the oranges appear. After some time, the tree eventually produces oranges.

What’s the point? Just because the tree didn’t produce oranges at first, doesn’t negate the fact that it still was an orange tree.

Through our faith in Jesus Christ, we are perfect, holy, righteous, and blessed. Although we may not produce the fruits of holiness, righteousness, or manifested blessings at first doesn’t negate the truth that we’re all that God says we are.

We can honestly tell everyone that we’re holy, perfect, and righteous through Jesus Christ. Unlike that orange tree, people may doubt us or tell us we’re not because they don’t see our fruit. But, if we continue to declare who we are in Christ and take the necessary steps to produce that fruit, people will eventually see the truth.

We don’t have to have it all together before we declare the truth about our lives. By faith, we can declare who we are in Christ and eventually the fruit will follow.

Hebrews 10:14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Inspired by Pastor Creflo Dollar