I'm still working through chapters 4 & 5 in Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands by Paul Tripp. Click here for more information about Book Club Wednesdays. Click here for a schedule pertaining to Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands.grade staple gun, a ladder, and two bushels of apples. I climb the ladder, cut off all the pulpy apples, and staple shiny, red apples onto every branch of the tree.” (Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands—page 63)
Chapter 4 is titled "The Heart is the Target" and Chapter 5 is titled "Understanding Your Heart Struggle".
In chapter 4, the author uses an illustration that drove home the importance of having a right heart. It is as follows:
Let’s say I have an apple tree in my backyard. Each year its apples are dry, wrinkled,brown, and pulpy. After several seasons my wife says, ‘It doesn’t make any sense to have this huge tree and never be able to eat any apples. Can’t you do something?’ One day my wife looks out the window to see me in the yard, carrying branch cutters, an industrial
I think that piece of the illustration is enough to drive home the point the author was getting at. He goes on to explain: “If a tree produces bad apples year after year, there is something drastically wrong with its system, down to its very roots…..If the tree’s roots remain unchanged, it will never produce good apples.”
I have shared on this blog before that I was a false convert to Christianity for many years. I proclaimed goodness with my mouth but harbored evil in my heart. I can’t think of a better way to explain that than stapling good fruit onto a bad tree. I shall always remember that illustration.