Sunday, February 2, 2014

A Fruitful Life!

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That you might walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:9-10) 

Have you ever been in an area of the country where there was a lot of fruit ripening in the sun? Maybe on some cool September morning you've taken a walk through the apple orchards of the Hood River valley, or along the Columbia River in Oregon. It is pleasing to the eye to see such an abundance of sweet, delicious fruit hanging on branch or vine, ready to be plucked.

A fruitful Christian life is like that---sweet, refreshing, nourishing, fragrant, sustaining, delightful to be near. But such a life requires careful cultivation. . . . A deeper, more consistent walk with Christ requires time and attention every day. If that happens, you will bear fruit. 

Moses: A Man of Selfless Dedication 

A particular verse came to mind as I was writing this devotional: 

You shall know them by their fruits. (Matt. 7:16) 

It's remarkable how Jesus pointed out that by their fruits we shall know them. For us to be able to see the fruit(s) of anyone we meet usually takes time. In the same way it takes time for us to see our own fruit and the fruit of others grow, it also takes an even shorter amount of time to really see the results of the fruit. The results of someone's fruit is largely dependent on the kind of seed that has been planted in them. 

If a negative seed has been planted into someone, the resulting fruit of that person is usually going to be negative. As Christians, there's always the possibility that negative seed has been planted in us at one time or another. In order for us to recognize this, it will be extremely important for us to stop and take a moment by moment evaluation of our daily living in order for us to be able to sift through the seeds to figure out which seeds are healthy and which seeds are corrupted. It's the corrupted seed that we want to get rid of. 

Once we have given over the negative seed to God, God will begin the process of cultivating the positive seed in your life by surrounding you with God-fearing men and women that will be the for you to help you to continue to cultivate the positive seed while at the same time remaining vigilant to make sure that no negative seed arises in the midst of the healthy batch of seeds. My dear friends, ALWAYS remain on the lookout for any negativity that takes place in your life and don't allow the enemy of our souls to corrupt you and rob you of the good fruit that God has placed in you. Last, but not least, don't be known by the bad fruit, be known by the good fruit!

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you always in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!...:-)