Apple trees provide important lessons for us as Christians. Many of us believe that the moment we are saved, we will be suddenly and radically transformed. In a sense we are, but perhaps not in the way we think. Our fruit bearing may not be as quick or abundant as we would hope. We want bushels of fruit from season one until we come to glory. But what does the parable of the sower say?
As it is described in Luke, it says "As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience." Patience can also be translated perseverance. Our fruit takes time to grow. In fact, often when it springs up quickly, it burns out (Luke 8:13).
As Mark describes the parable, he reminds us that "other seeds fell into good soil and produced grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold" (Mark 4:8). In other words, not every tree bears fruit in the same measure. We must be careful when we look at the fruit of others, or ourselves, assuming we are not bearing enough.
We have a patient vinedresser who loves us and is patient with us. If we abide in Him (John 15), at the proper time he will cause the right amount of fruit to grow on each tree.