No One is Useless {The Tale of a Misfit Tree}

“What does he or she do for God?” Have you ever wondered that about another person? They seem so inactive, almost useless. But we can’t see behind the scenes. And for all we know that useless person may pray most of the day, even praying for us. Like Dorcas perhaps she sews for the poor. Or like the poor widow gives most of her income away. 

We might very well feel shame on the day when heaven’s books are opened, to see how actively and how well many of those we saw as useless actually served. We cannot see what others do or don’t do for the Lord. For true spiritual service is a service of the heart. And often those acts which none can see, and which none will probably ever know, are the greatest service of all.

No one is useless who lives his life to glorify God.

Whether doing great and mighty works seen by many. Or serving quietly in their own little corner. And though a person may seem like a useless misfit to us, the Lord, who looks for fruit, finds abundance! As in the following Story of the Misfit Tree.

The Tale of the Misfit Tree (from the Biblical Illustrator)

“Seeing a tree grow somewhat irregular in a very neat orchard,” says Mr. Flavel, “I told the owner it was a pity that that tree should stand there, and that if it were mine I would root it up, and thereby reduce the orchard to an exact uniformity. He replied, that he rather regarded the fruit than the form, and that this slight inconvenience was abundantly preponderated by a more considerable advantage. ‘This tree, which you would root up, hath yielded me more fruit than many of those trees which have nothing else to recommend them but their regular situation.’ I could not,” adds Mr. Flavel, “but yield to the reason of this answer, and could wish it had been spoken so loud that all our conformity men had heard it, who would not stick to root up many hundreds of the best learners in the Lord’s orchard because they stand not in exact order with other more conformable but less beneficial trees, who destroy the fruit to preserve the form.” Such, alas, is the prejudice of our minds, that we are too prone to condemn those who do not view things exactly as we do. We lay down plans and rules for ourselves, and then blame others if they do not follow them. Too often also are we mistaken in our opinions of others, and imagine that they are only cumberers of the ground, when probably they bring forth the fruits of righteousness in greater abundance than ourselves. W. Buck”The Biblical Illustrator (a direct quote)

John answered, ‘Master, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he does not follow with us.’ But Jesus said to him, ‘Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you,” John 9:49-50.

Have you been trying to chop down the Lord’s fruit trees? Instead of seeing the beauty of our diversity?

9 thoughts on “No One is Useless {The Tale of a Misfit Tree}

  1. So well said and should bring many of us under conviction for judging a person who may appear to be idle! None of us knows with certainty what call the Lord has on someone’s life and I think from scripture it seems clear He is more interested in the heart and what is not done for public consumption than those who seek to be known for their ministry! Well done, my friends!!

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    1. Ha, that’s a good one, Shari. Never thought about it before, but I guess I probably do that sometimes too. Yet all the Lord really calls us to do is to be faithful right where he’s planted us, and to do what he puts across our path. And he is pleased with any service, large or small, if done wholeheartedly!

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  2. Thank you – this is a very important thing to remember. I was recently judging someone at my church, thinking that they were shallow, and then found out that they pray for others everyday at their workplace. “God opposes the arrogant but gives grace to the humble.”

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    1. Thank YOU, for this example. I’m afraid we do this far more often than we are even aware of. May God help us to be more conscious of our attitudes and help us to transform them through his word!!

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