I was in San Saba last week visiting R.D. Williamson. In his back yard he has a peach tree that is loaded with fruit. It is amazing to me because a couple of months ago when a storm hit San Saba, the wind tore that tree in half. Part of it is standing and part of it is laying on the ground. Both parts of that tree have lots of peaches all over it. He let me pick some of the fruit and I can say the peaches are delicious. The peaches I picked mostly came off the tree laying on the ground. God expects the people who wear his name to be people who are bearing fruit for him. In John 15:5-8 we read, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 “If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. 7 “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.” (NASB) This peach tree, though part of it laying on the ground, has roots that are deep in the earth. That’s why it is able to bear fruit. Sometimes we may think that God only uses the young and strong. But that is not always true. Here is a tree that is not whole yet still bearing fruit. The reason is because it is receiving nourishment from the important part of the tree-the roots. Though some may be older in years and may think they do not have as much to offer, as long as you remain in Christ you will have the strength you need to bear fruit. And while some of you may think that you are too young, you also have the strength in Christ to bear fruit. There are times that we have trouble in our lives and we may think that we are not capable of bearing fruit for God. Learn a lesson from this tree. Though you may experience hardships, disappointments, unsettling moments in your lives, the important thing is that you remain in Christ. As you do you can bear fruit. If we let the problems of the world we live in detract us we will not bear fruit. Go back and read verse 6 again.