What they don't know is that there is something terribly wrong with this tree. If you were to draw close to the tree and see what is actually happening, you would not believe your eyes. This tree is doing something that just isn't right. Certainly no tree was created to do this. It seems to go against all that is good, decent, and natural. This tree is eating its own fruit!
Upon closer inspection you find that this tree has set itself up so no one else gets to sample this very needed fruit. It takes in the sun and the water. It lets itself be trimmed and pruned. It enjoys the admiring looks of those passing by, but never even considers sharing with anyone else any of the amazing fruit that it has been blessed with. What a shame! What a waste! What useful purpose does this fruit tree really serve? Who ever heard of a fruit tree eating all of its own fruit and not letting anyone else enjoy what it has to offer? I'm sure God would never have created it to be like this. It's definitely not fulfilling its purpose.
This story reminds me of a scripture in the Book of Daniel. This scripture also talks about a large, beautiful tree.
The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth. Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. - Daniel 4:11-12The fruit was meant for others - not for the tree, not for itself. This tree got it right!
In John 15, verses 5 and 8, Jesus tells us:
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
God desires that each one of us bear much fruit. He wants us to be "full of good fruit" according to James 3:17.
According to Colossians 1:10, we are to "...live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work..."
And one final scripture. Romans 7:4 tells us we are to bear fruit to God.
Let's not be like the tree in the story. Instead, let's use all that God has given us - our talents, our giftings..."our fruit" - and let them be food for all.
Don't sell yourself short. You've got a lot to give. God knew what He was doing when He made you!