Sermon Illustrations

S.D. Gordon tells of a spring storm that broke a large limb on his cherry tree. Although it hung by a very small strand, to his surprise the blossoms came anyway. Later some fruit began to grow as it did on the other branches.

He noticed, however, that only those in full contact with the tree bore "much fruit," while the partially severed branch produced only a scanty supply.

APPL: As believers, we must be careful about our spiritual connections, making sure we are fully abiding in Christ. The fruit produced, whether much or little, tells the story.